Monday, November 16, 2009

Fair Poker Absorbed by Noble Poker, by Jessica Welman - Poker News Daily - 15th November 2009

Two sites on the iPoker Network have merged into one, as members of the online poker room Fair Poker have had their accounts transferred to Noble Poker. Players on Fair Poker recently received a notice informing them of the change and offering a deposit bonus as a welcome to the new site.

The e-mail from Fair Poker assured users their username and password would remain unchanged and the entirety of their Fair accounts would show up once they log into Noble Poker. Fair Poker’s website has already been re-branded as Noble Poker and makes no mention of why the changeover occurred. Gibraltar-based Noble Poker set up shop in 2004 and offers users a range of Hold’em, Omaha and Omaha High-Low cash games, sit and gos, and multi-table tournaments.

Noble offers a daily $100,000 Guaranteed tournament, a monthly Sunday tournament with a $1 million prize pool, weekly Sunday tournaments with a guaranteed prize pool of $250,000, and satellites to other major iPoker Network events like the European Championship of Online Poker (ECOOP).

This change comes just before the launch of ECOOP V, hosted by fellow iPoker site Titan Poker. The online tournament series gets underway on November 23rd and satellites are already running on Noble and other iPoker affiliates. The upcoming two-week long series features 14 tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $100 to $2,500 and there will be more than $4.5 million in guaranteed prize money up for grabs. Satellites for the event have been running since September 21st and players can win their way in for as little as $1.50. Sites on the iPoker Network, run by Playtech, currently do not accept U.S. customers.

Fair Poker, also established in 2004, was best known for its Jackpot Sit and Gos and loose action at the cash game tables. Noble Poker, which is a substantially larger site than Fair Poker, also has a reputation for juicy cash game tables in addition to its ever-growing multi-table tournament schedule.

According to the official e-mail to Fair Poker customers, iPoints earned will transfer over to Noble. Those points will go towards eligibility in Noble’s VIP Crown program, which rewards loyal customers with a player points store, monthly freerolls, VIP rake races, and other special promotions. There are six VIP Crown levels based on how many points that players earn each month, with the highest level reserved for those who rack up at least 35,000.

Other than the e-mail to customers, which referred to the Noble Poker transfer as an “upgrade,” none of iPoker’s sites offer any explanation as to why the Antigua-based Fair Poker closed its doors. It was one of the smaller rooms on the iPoker Network, which hosts over 30 online poker rooms including Titan, Noble, Chili Poker, William Hill Poker, and Expekt. Neither Playtech’s nor iPoker’s websites featured any press release detailing the change. Fair Poker is still listed on iPoker’s site as one of the poker rooms in its expansive network, but the link to sign up for Fair Poker directs users to Noble Poker information. (Credit: Poker News Daily)

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