More changes are in store for the iPoker Network as Everest Poker is reportedly closing shop as an independent poker room and joining the world's largest poker network.
No confirmation has been verified as of yet and the Everest Poker website has no mention of the transition, but industry rumours abound that its a done deal. Everest is made up of two online poker rooms, with one serving the market in France. Both have experienced declining traffic as of late, roughly 30-40% in 2012, according to figures released by PokerScout. EverestPoker.fr is France's third most popular site behind Winamax.fr and PokerStars.fr, while EverestPoker.com currently ranks 23rd on the worldwide list.
iPoker is set to implement its September Split in a few days that will require rooms on the site to maintain 6,000 monthly players and 850 new sign-ups each month in order to be placed in an upper tier on the network that will allow those rooms a greater base of players. It is not clear at this time if Everest will be placed in the upper echelon.
Everest Poker promotes itself as the first multilingual Internet poker site and is part of Everest Gaming out of Gibraltar. The company has an office in Massachusetts in the U.S. and was hoping a proposal earlier this year to legalize online poker in Massachusetts would allow it to enter the U.S. online poker market. However, the online gambling measure in the Bay State failed to garner the required legislative support.