Plans were announced by the Coral Poker platform to move all of its operations from the iPoker network onto the PartyPoker server. Starting from December 4, the brand informed all of its players that they would get to experience new software, being informed of the move through an email message. At the same time, all players’ cash balances would be transferred, meaning that gameplay could resume as normal.
Speaking of the decision to move from one network to another, the statement from Coral Poker read:
“This will bring a number of huge benefits to Coral players who will now have access to PartyPoker’s larger liquidity pool and the network’s popular and diverse tournament schedule,”
The statement continued on to say that players would also get to have a superior playing experience on the leading software, and it is that same software which has found PartyPoker being named as the Poker Operator of the Year for its third year in a row.
Not only that, but it is expected that Ladbrokes will be changing its software at some point in the New Year. While a definite date for this migration has yet to be announced, it’s most likely that it will take place, as Ladbrokes was acquired by Coral in 2018. Therefore, it would be silly for Coral Poker to move and not the Ladbrokes poker options.
Speculation Grows Over the Reasons for the Move
It’s only natural for Coral Poker to heap praise onto the PartyPoker network – after all, it has joined it instead of remaining with iPoker. However, many members of the poker community aren’t sold on the reasons for the migration taking place. Some have been speculating that another reason could be due to the number of bots in operation on the iPoker network.
It’s something that has plagued the iPoker network for several years now, with the first reports of active bots coming in 2011. At that time, it was said that a bot had won $7,000 at online poker tables utilising the iPoker network, and it doesn’t look like this has changed much. It was only last year that a number of players reported that there was still a significant presence of bots on the iPoker network. They pointed out that they weren’t able to win playing lower stakes games because there were so many bots operating there.
It’s due to these bots that many believe Coral has been given another reason to move across to PartyPoker. That wouldn’t be such a huge leap of the imagination either, as the PartyPoker brand has actually been one of the most active and vigilant when it comes to tackling online bots on its poker network. In fact, it has shut down a large number of bots over the course of 2019, reporting on the number of accounts that it has seized each month. If this is one of the reasons, then nobody could deny Coral’s intent at keeping its poker players protected.