Wednesday February 20,2013 : ADIOS TO POKERROOM
One of the most recognised online poker brands closes its doors…again.
Pokerroom.com, along with its feisty online poker forum Pokah, has closed its virtual doors and departed the Ongame network.
Sadly, the latest closure of the popular site comes only a year after it was relaunched from a previous shutdown.
Current owners Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment have assured players that their funds are totally secured, and urged them to migrate to the group's online poker site at Party Poker, making this their new home.
However some players and staff tweeting and commenting on message boards have noted that Party Poker does not have quite the same free-wheeling style and poker passion for which Pokerroom and its employees were renowned.
Players have until March 19 if they wish to cash out their account balances.
Bwin has owned Pokerroom since 2005 when it was acquired as a going concern and one of the high profile pioneers in the internet poker sector. Bwin subsequently entered a merger agreement with Party Gaming to form Bwin.Party Digital Entertainment, and the brand was allowed to languish in favour of the group's Party Poker brand until it was reactivated last year on the Ongame network – then part of the Bwin.Party group.
The Pokerroom enterprise was originally founded at the turn of the century by Swedish university students Claes Lidell and Oskar Hornell, who were true pioneers in developing online poker software after experimenting with live action. They adopted a tolerant attitude to platform format, being one of the few operators to offer PC, Linus and Mac action.
Their early appreciation of what could be achieved with online poker was justified when Pokerroom took off, and its subsequent sale to Bwin made both young men wealthy.