Founded by famed poker player Tony G, TonyBet Poker closed this week. This site operated for seven years before shutting down.
No reason has been given for the abrupt closure. The TonyBet online casino and sportsbook are still running strong, though.
TonyBet Poker Players Unable to Log In
Players first began complaining that they couldn’t log into the poker site on July 20. Eventually, any attempts to visit TonyBet Poker redirected players to the sportsbook or casino.
The site heavily relied on the name recognition of founder Tony G. A brash table talker who routinely appeared on poker TV shows, Tony G was one of the world’s most-famous players in his heyday.
The businessman eventually began focusing more on his business pursuits and future political career. He successfully guided PokerNews to become the game’s number-one media outlet before selling it to Amaya Gaming (now Stars Group).
Yet Another Closed Poker Site
TonyBet Poker shutting down falls in line with a recent trend. Notable rooms and networks have disappeared within the past few years. For example, the Microgaming Poker Network (MPN) and its main skin, 32Red, closed within the last few months of 2019.
Online poker isn’t as big as it once was. Therefore, smaller networks and independent sites, such as TonyBet, have had more trouble surviving.
TonyBet only ranked 55th in traffic according to PokerScout. It appeared to be nothing more than a side offering to draw potential sports gamblers and casino players towards its end.
Pioneer of Chinese Poker
TonyBet doesn’t have a lot of memorable highlights. However, it did launch Chinese poker at a time when players were first learning the game.
Chinese poker only enjoyed a brief fling in the poker community. But TonyBet’s adoption of this game showed their willingness to take risks. This poker site also became one of the first to accept Bitcoin deposits in 2016.