Ongame's largest poker room is a matter of hours away from joining the PartyPoker Network according to sources close to PokerUpdate.
The BWIN site currently displays a notice informing users about the downtime. The notice also states that BWIN's new poker platform will have "Twice as many players as before" and "Doubled Prize Pools".
BWIN and Party merged to create gaming super power BPTY around one and a half years ago. The combination of both brands poker traffic has been a long time coming and likely partially delayed because of the prolonged sale of the Ongame network (now owned by Amaya).
Posters on the 2+2 poker forum have already begun to notice BWIN's absence from the OnGame network.
Bully666 stated "My games have about 50% less traffic by my own calculations".
If this is the case, the Party network will likely overtake Full Tilt Poker and iPoker on their way to the number two spot. Combined with a revamped affiliate program and a promising partnership with Zynga in the UK, the future looks bright for BPTY.
The position for number two spot is set to become very interesting. Full Tilt Poker is experiencing a slight traffic decrease after their relaunch whereas iPoker is beginning to reap the rewards from their recent partnership with Everest and could be best positioned to benefit from the potnetial demise of Ongame. Rumours have been circulating that Ongame room, Betfair are set to leave for iPoker in the new year for example.
It is rumoured that BWIN players will be able to access the new 'super-network' from tomorrow, although Party have not published a specific time.