The PokerStars empire continues to grow. Not only does the company sponsor poker tournaments all over the world, but it has now taken to purchasing websites. On April 19, PokerStars announced that it acquired three information portals - PlayWinningPoker, Poker-Babes, and the nearly-defunct PokerPages.
Of the three, PokerPages is probably the most well-known, as it has been a go-to information source for the poker industry for more than a decade, with a comprehensive tournament and player database, news articles, and popular poker blogs. But in October of 2009, the website management announced that it would officially close on October 31. However, the site continued to be functional since that time, with tidbits of information showing up on the site as well as a Twitter account and other signs of life. When it was announced that PokerStars purchased the site, it was not so much of a surprise as an item of interest, as readers wait to see what will transpire on the website in the months ahead.
Poker-Babes has been a very popular website in the poker industry, as the entrepreneur who launched it in 2003, Shirley Rosario, not only provided biographies of and interviews with most major female poker pros, but she included bios of male players as well. The site included a personal journal and detailed many of Rosario’s poker experiences as a professional player, along with poker tips and game advice for many variations of poker.
And PlayWinningPoker was a site set up by poker player and author Steve Badger as an online poker strategy guide in the year 2000. The comprehensive site included instructions and tips for hold’em and Omaha, along with numerous articles about everything from bankroll management to tells, in both live and online poker.
Plans for all three sites remain a mystery, but the PokerStars release about the acquisitions noted, “Along with PokerStarsBlog.com, PokerStars’ in-house poker blog, the sites offer poker players a valuable resource of online poker information.” No word yet on whether any of the sites will continue to produce new content or upgrade to include new information.