The once mighty Ongame poker network is reportedly not long for this world.
Earlier this month, Russian poker affiliate Pokeroff.ru reported that the Ongame Network had informed its remaining customers that the site would be shutting down effective Oct. 15. On the plus side, the network is reportedly averaging only around 100 customers, so there won’t be too many people to disappoint.
Ongame was once a titan in the online poker world, but it never really recovered from its withdrawal from the US market following the 2006 passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA).
In 2011, Ongame’s owner, sports betting operator Bwin, embarked on its ill-fated merger with PartyGaming. Since that anschluss came with the also-faded-but-slightly-more-healthy PartyPoker brand, Ongame was deemed a ‘surplus asset’ and the hunt was on for someone to take this lemon off Bwin.party’s hands.