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Bradley Vallerius

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Bradley has been researching and writing about the business and law of internet gaming since 2003. His work has covered all aspects of the industry, including technology, finance, advertising, taxation, poker, betting exchanges, and laws and regulations around the world. Bradley can be reached through his website www.FortheBettorGood.com.

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Tribeca trips up Doylesroom

22 Nov 2006

By Bradley Vallerius
Internet poker site Doylesroom.com's attempts to lure U.S. players hit a snag when its software developer announced that it would no longer permit its licensees to accept American bets.

Tribeca Tables, the company that built Doylesroom.com's software platform, said two weeks ago that it would no longer allow its licensees to serve American players.

The following Monday Tribeca revealed it was selling most of its business and assets to publicly-traded rival Playtech.

The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act has pushed several large publicly traded gambling operators and software providers away from the American market.

American customers are critically important to Doylesroom.com -- especially following the passage of the UIGEA. The site is endorsed by and named for Doyle Brunson-- the Texan often referred to as the godfather of poker-- and has been recruiting new customers by allowing them to transfer VIP points earned with competitors who blocked American play.

The Netherlands Antilles-based company refused to comment, but it is likely to break ties with Tribeca and find a new software provider.

Tribeca has already indicated that some of its licensees are set to migrate to new platforms.

"I think that in the transition period of six months, Tribeca will be assisting them to move to--more than likely-- another platform," a Tribeca representative told Interactive Gaming News. "The European, or non-U.S.-facing brands and licensees will migrate to the Playtech platform, and the U.S.-facing licensees will be given assistance in migrating to wherever they want to go. They've already been in talks with vendors for several weeks."

The Doyle Brunson Network, a group of small online poker sites that aggregate their players into one large community, is sure to follow Doylesroom.com. The relationship between Doylesroom.com and the Doyle Brunson Poker Network isn't clear, but it appears that Doylesroom.com may sublicense Tribeca's software to the Doyle Brunson Poker Network. Doylesroom also refused to comment on its relationship to the Doyle Brunson Poker Network.

Meanwhile, rival U.S.-focused poker site FullContactPoker.com has already soft-launched a beta version of a new software platform after its original provider, Ongame, opted to pull out of the U.S market last month.

FullContactPoker.com's new software platform is built by Dobrosoft.

FullContactPoker.com stresses that the new platform is a work in progress, and it encourages players to help out by providing feedback in a public forum.

"Considering the amount of time OnGame gave FCP to find a new location, I have to say that, overall, I'm extremely pleased with the new network. I'm also very excited about improving FCP over the next few weeks with software upgrades, etc.," said Daniel Negreanu in a feedback forum earlier today. Negreanu is a top poker professional who endorses FullContactPoker.com and is an active participant in the site's forums and rooms.

In an interview with Casino City Times last month Negreanu said he thought a lot of the poker sites that had spun away from their original software providers could end up aggregating their players into the same network.

"You're definitely going to see a lot of the skins bouncing around," said Negreanu, "but what could end up happening-- and it will likely happen-- is a new network will be born with some different software because that's probably the easiest as far as transferring funds over."

 
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