iBetMedia has just announced the acquisition of Pokerati.com. Many of us “old school” poker fans who got into the game during the Moneymaker Boom years will fondly remember that Pokerati brought all the poker action right to us from the heart of Las Vegas. iBetMedia, a company that already owns mypokercoaching.com and uscasinopro.com among other brands, plans to fully re-launch the site by the end of Q1 2024.
“We are very happy to acquire Pokerati.com, which has a very exciting story and a significant legacy in the poker industry. Since this site was active over a decade ago, new players might not know that they actually helped shape online poker regulation back in the day and even had live games running in Las Vegas” said iBetMedia’s CEO, Tadas Peckaitis.
Peckaitis continued, “Our goal is to make sure that legacy is not forgotten, and we will re-launch the site with the aim of becoming a live poker payers hub where you can find what is happening in the live poker scene, whether it is popular streams, main tours, or small events. We will do our best to shape the content for regular players and try to bring back even more fun in the game.”
Personal Connections and Poker Media Torch Passing
Interestingly enough, I have a personal connection to both the original and new owners of Pokerati. Some longtime readers might remember that about 5.5 years ago, I interviewed Pokerati founder Dan Michalski. Much of Dan’s work inspired and influenced me and my original desire to get into the poker media niche. Running Pokerati in its original heyday, Dan brought on many correspondents who then went on to have stellar careers in poker media and beyond, including Jennifer Newell, Kevin Mathers, and even “poker vlogfather” Andrew Neeme, among others.
When I asked if he’d like to share any sentiments about the sale, Dan, now a writer and editor for casinos.com, had this to say, “One of the things I am most proud of is our roster of alumni. I was always on the lookout for untapped talent and tried to provide them a place that brought out their best. It really was so much fun in that era of poker. I’m excited to see what new heights Tadas and his team can take it to, and glad to know Pokerati will live on!”
And if you recognize the name Tadas Peckaitis, perhaps it’s from the dozens of articles he has contributed to Cardplayer Lifestyle over the years. Tadas and I have actually known each other for about eight years now. He’s an incredibly hardworking guy who has slowly but surely built iBetMedia into vigorous agency. I always have a soft spot for people who love poker and fully throw themselves into the poker world, whether as players or on the industry side of things.
The legacy of Pokerati is surely in good and capable hands, and I’m sure that after the redesign is complete it’ll once again rise to become a great poker media site that brings the excitement of the poker world to fans around the world.