Hit and Run: Small iCasino Acquires Bovada Poker; GUKPT Goliath a Record Setter; Who’s to Blame for Trump Taj Mahal

Steve Ruddock : August 9th, 2016


Bovada’s online poker site was acquired by small online casino. September will be online poker tournament month. GUKPT Goliath sets tournament record. And more.

Bovada sold to virtually unknown online casino operator

The U.S. online poker community woke up to some shocking news this morning, as Bovada (the largest U.S. facing online poker site still servicing market) announced its online poker platform had been acquired by Ignition Casino.

The first question people had was, “who is Ignition Casino?”

The answer to that is, “we don’t know.”

But here’s what we do know about the acquisition, and what players will want to know in order to decide if they want to migrate their account to Ignition, along with some speculation by the Part Time Poker staff.

And here’s what Bovada has told us:

We have an important announcement to share with you: Bovada Poker has been acquired by Ignition Casino. The acquisition will require all poker players to transfer their account by September 30. Following this date, Bovada Poker will no longer be available, however, access to Bovada’s sportbook, casino and racebook products will remain.

Because Ignition Casino uses the same platform as Bovada Poker, everything you enjoy such as; anonymous tables, Zone poker, mobile poker and guaranteed tournaments, like the weekly $100K, will be there waiting for you. Additionally, until the transition is complete, both sites will operate simultaneously with shared player pools.

We’ll do everything we can to make this transition as smooth as possible so please be sure to visit our Migration FAQ page. There you’ll find information on account transfers, how to score generous migration bonus, what to do with your Poker Points and any other question you may have.

We’re fully confident in Ignition Casino’s ability to offer an equal level of service and security you’ve been used to at Bovada. Find out more by checking out their website today.

Quick Hitters

- UK poker pro, and the winningest online tournament of all time, Chris Moorman, will be featured on Season 2 of Poker Central’s Pokerography.

- Part Time Poker’s Alex Weldon takes a look at the inordinate amount of online tournament series that are scheduled for September, as PokerStars, partypoker, and 888 all have a major series planned.

- Roger Gros has been in this industry for a long time, and it’s safe to say nobody knows more about the Atlantic City casino industry than the longtime editor of Global Gaming Business. So Gros’s recent op-ed about where we should be placing blame for the announced closure of Trump Taj Mahal shouldn’t be disregarded.

- Vamshi Vandanpau was the winner of the most recent running of the GUKPT Goliath tournament. The Goliath has become one of the biggest poker tournaments of the year, as the tournament’s affordable buy-in allowed it to break its own record, after 5,232 players registered for the tournament.

- I made an appearance on ESPN Radio’s In The Gate podcast this week to talk about California’s online poker bill and how it could impact the state’s racing industry. In the Gate host Barry Abrams also spoke with the sponsor of the online poker bill in California, Assemblyman Adam Gray.

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