Betfred is now a member of the top tier of iPoker skins. Betfred players will now have access to a wider player pool and a greater choice of tables. The move will, conversely, reduce the liquidity in the lower tier.
iPoker split its skins into two tiers in September 2012, creating two distinct player pools. The division effects all low stakes NL ring games, all heads up NL tables, and many low stakes SNGs.
The threshold requirements to make it into the top tier were published as retaining an active monthly player base of over 6,000 and recruiting over 850 new players per month.
The first members of the top tier included Titan Poker, Paddy Power, William Hill, Bet365, Poker770, and Winner Poker.
Since then high-profile additions on the network have also entered the top tier: Everest Poker moved in late 2011, Betfair joined in January 2013, and Coral made the switch in April 2013.
The split occurred following complaints by the larger skins that the recreational players, which their marketing spend contributed to acquiring, were being exploited by high rakeback grinders from smaller operators.
Betfred was founded in the UK in a back street shop in Manchester in 1967. The initial finance for the business came from placing a substantial bet on England to win the football World Cup in 1966. Brothers Fred and Peter Done have since expanded the business to the point where annual turnover is now in the billions of dollars.
MARCH 06, 2014