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IGT Poker Suffering the Blues in Wake of Purple Lounge Sudden Shutdown
The abrupt shutdown of the Purple Lounge online casino and poker room has left the IGT Poker Network in a quagmire.
IGT Poker (formerly Entraction Network) lost 8 percent of its traffic for the week, according to the traffic monitoring website of PokerScout.com.
The network's Purple Lounge poker site recently shut down after joining IGT only three months ago, departing from the Microgaming Network.
Purple Lounge’s parent company, Media Corporation, cited heavy losses as the reason for shutting down its Web poker site.
But this news comes at an interesting juncture for Media Corporation as they were set on purchasing the United Kingdom-based Poker Channel media outlet.
Media Corporation has also been thrust into the spotlight following the arrest of the wife of former Non-Executive Director Chris Gorman.
Mary Gorman, 43, was charged with performing oral sex on an unknown black man during a hip hop event at the Roxy Club in Orlando while her husband watched. Mrs. Gorman was also charged with drug possession and assault on a police officer. The couple were on a family vacation to the Magic Kingdom at the time with their two young children presumably left behind at the hotel with a sitter.
IGT boasted more than 1200 average cash game players in February when Purple Lounge first game on board, but now has just over 800, according to PokerScout.
A notice reads that affected players of Poker Lounge will be contacted within 7 days (presumably from Friday April 27 when the site was first reported down).
- Nagesh Rath, Gambling911.com
Submitted by Nagesh Rath on Tue, 05/01/2012 - 21:54