For all online grinders who earn their daily bread or at least an extra income with cash games or tournaments on the Internet, the times have not become easier since the big poker boom ten years ago. Tougher opponents, fewer recreational players, and the resulting lower win rates are the consequences of a more difficult environment.
It is no wonder that professionals are always looking for new ways to make their money, but amateurs are also interested in turning to new player markets. The IDN Poker Network, which is fairly unknown in this country, is – unfortunately only superficially – an interesting provider.
The Largest Online Poker Providers
The IDN and GG Poker are the two largest players in the market that nobody had looked at for a long time. According to Pokerscout.com, the traditional poker online sites Winamax, partypoker, and 888poker, which together with PokerStars had long divided the international market.
While GGPoker has become well known in the western world, it has now signed two of the most well-known players with Bryn Kenney and Daniel Negreanu, IDN is a sleeping giant, at least outside Asia.
In Asia, IDN is significantly larger than GGPoker and, according to Pokerscout, has the most cash game players. With a 24-hour peak, IDN, with around 10,000 players, is almost on par with PokerStars and therefore has four times as many players as GGPoker.
Who is IDN Poker?
While GGPoker is best known for its tournament offerings, IDN is the largest Asian contact point for cash games.
The company, founded in Indonesia in 2011, has been based in Manila, Philippines since 2018 and, like the European version iPoker, functions as a network of many smaller, independent providers that have come together under one skin.
In addition to poker and Chinese poker, IDN also offers sports betting, casino games, and lotteries.
Can you play on IDN as a European?
Yes and no. Currently, only players who are residents and/or have their accounts in China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, or Vietnam are allowed on IDN.
Theoretically, however, there would be the option of opening an account when visiting Macao or the region there and logging in from somewhere else.
Another possibility is to move to Thailand like Michael Addamo aka “Imluckbox” to gain access to the extremely profitable Asian markets.
Among the largest online poker providers in the world is undoubtedly incredibly large fish pools with an enormous number of bad players. Nevertheless, at least currently from a European perspective, it is hardly advisable to want to play there. Registration is complicated, the machinations with collusion gangs or bots are opaque and trouble is inevitable. Anyone who can avoid tilting, if at least occasionally ripped off the table, will still be able to play profitably, but then there is still the question of whether you can get your money in the end.