Industry speculation was running wild this week following the news that Bwin's Ongame poker network has terminated its association with network member EuroSportPoker after only 4 months. Martin Lerby, the head of Ongame, gave little away when he merely commented that the split was with immediate effect and was the result of EuroSuperPoker breaking the terms of the agreement, with no indication of what this non-compliance was.
Posters on the twoplustwo message board recalled a post dated 20 May, when a member representing Ongame posted:
"As a result of the ongoing discussions regarding EuroSuperPoker, we at Ongame would like to clarify that responsibility for the management of players’ funds resides with EuroSuperPoker and their payment provider.
"However Ongame does not idly stand by in a situation such as the current. We have now entered into serious discussions with EuroSuperPoker to ensure they resolve this issue as soon as possible and prevent it from happening again in the future."
It is not clear whether this formed the basis for the disagreement, but there have been concerns regarding the future of Ongame following the merger of parent Bwin with Party Gaming, and the inevitable duplication of effort that this may entail.
EuroSuperPoker, which is owned by a Malta-licensed firm titled Nuke Limited (Malta) was formerly with Boss Media-GTechG2's International Poker Network. The site switched to Ongame amid much fanfare in January 2011, saying that Management wanted to "...provide players with a wider range of games and tournaments."
Source: InfoPowa News