BetMGM and partypoker lead online poker in Ontario with rollout of Hot Tables feature
We are happy to bring Hot tables to our players in Ontario. This feature gives grinders, recreational players and everyone else a chance to win the same life-changing prize BetMGM Casino players regularly enjoy through our jackpot network.The trio of sites on the partypoker Ontario online poker networkled by BetMGM Poker Ontario, edged out rival 888poker.ON to take the lead in the market, the latest cash game figures reveal.
According to the latest cash game data, tracked by GameIntel and available exclusively on the Poker Industry PRO data platform, BetMGM Ontario, as well as partypoker Ontario and bwin, on average 66 simultaneous cash game players in the past seven days, far ahead of independent competitor 888poker, at 39.
It comes as the network rolled out its popular Hot tables feature, which drops cash prizes on its fast cash game tables, likely helping to boost traffic. Tables are randomly selected as Warmwhere all players at the table receive a cash bonusthe winner of the hand taking the largest share.
“On the heels of our launch, we are delighted to bring Hot tables to our players in Ontario,” said Luke Staudenmaier, Director of Poker at BetMGM. “This feature gives grinders, recreational players, and everyone in between, a chance to win the same life-changing prize that BetMGM Casino players regularly enjoy through our jackpot network.”
BetMGM traffic is now well ahead of 888poker Ontario
888 was the first to launch on the regulated Ontario online poker market, going live on April 4th. The next day, BetMGM joined the competition. A week later, partypoker and bwin also launched, linking up with BetMGM to create a three-way online poker network.
At launch, 888 took the lead in gambling traffic, consistently reporting around 40 concurrent gambling seats. The BetMGM Ontario network peaked at around 30 in mid-April, where it has remained.
However, in May, the network saw traffic skyrocket. On the 9th he topped 888 for the first time, and since then he hasn’t looked back. One-day figures place network traffic at more than 100 simultaneous seats – the triple of 888poker Ontario – and anecdotal evidence of tournament play also suggests that the network is now far ahead of 888 in terms of poker action.
Ontario Online Poker: May Update
|Operator||AGCO Licence?||iGO authorized?||To throw|
|888poker||Yes||Yes||Launched April 4|
|BetMGM||Yes||Yes||Launched April 5|
|PartyPoker||Yes||Yes||Launched April 12, connected with BetMGM|
|bwin||Yes||Yes||Launched April 12, connected with BetMGM|
|WSOP (GGPoker)||Yes||Nope||Delayed launch, ETA unknown|
|PokerStars||Nope||Nope||Launch scheduled for end of June|
Hot Tables add extra value to cash game tables
The influx of traffic started before Hot tables rolled out, but it will definitely help drive traffic to the cash game tables as it effectively equates to free cash for all cash game players.
The way it works is simple and similar to how “cash payout” features work on other sites. Cash game tables are randomly selected as Hot tables which trigger a special cash prize. In most scenarios, this pays money to all active players at the table, with the biggest share going to the winner.
Like PRO reported, Hot tables in Ontario can trigger in Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond. In the first two levels, only the winner of the hand wins the extra money boosted by the feature. In the top three, the winner gets 50% and the rest is shared among the other players at the table.
It is currently only available on the Quick Fold variant of the Operator, Fast forwarddivided into three different issues: BODY $0.05/$0.10, BODY $0.25/$0.50, and BODY $1/$2.
The actual boost size can be increased up to 1,500 big blinds, which at the highest stakes available ($1/$2) means a maximum first prize of $1,200.
BetMGM, partypoker and bwin are hoping to consolidate a strong position in Ontario’s online poker market ahead of the increased competition that is expected shortly, as PokerStars and GGPoker are expected to introduce their products into Ontario’s regulated market soon.
However, both launches are currently delayed and their debuts are unknown. PokerStars has not yet received its AGCO license; the operator says it expects Ontario players to play in SCOOPwhich is currently underway, meaning its launch would be mid-June at the earliest.
The delays at GGPoker are less clear. He received his AGCO license, but he did not execute his agreement with iGO, the last step before being allowed to launch. The operator may be biding its time while its main competitor PokerStars is also waiting on the sidelines. When launched, it will do so under the WSOP brand.
Meanwhile, the pair continues to serve the market from overseas.
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