Sky Bet Poker Takes Off With OpenBet Platform
By Marianne Lambert
Orbis, the world’s leading provider of interactive gaming and betting solutions, recently released its Texas Hold‘em poker solution as part of the OpenBet Rake Games module. The Sky Poker launch includes a web-based portal, as well as a dedicated Sky channel 846. This live channel features televised tournaments combining Internet players with those accessing interactively through their remote control, to create a unique and highly entertaining poker experience.

Having developed a tailored product for Sky Bet, Orbis has provided the enabling technology for this revolutionary fully integrated poker solution. Offering a non-download Flash-based web solution, OpenBet Poker features cutting edge graphics and animations with a sophisticated player interface, real and demo play modes, as well as seamless customer log in across multiple platforms.

Through OpenBet’s ‘One Account, One Wallet’ solution, Sky Bet customers will have the unique opportunity to be able to play tournaments online and via iTV. OpenBet Poker directs both Internet and iTV players into one poker environment, which includes chat facilities, a ‘Hotometer’ indicating players’ strength of hands and percentages and various tournament options such as ‘sit and go’ or ‘scheduled’.

David Loveday, Managing Director of Orbis, said: “We are very pleased and proud to launch our OpenBet Poker and feel we have a truly unique product with dual platforms feeding one poker environment.”

Richard Flint, Managing Director of Sky Bet, said “We chose to work with Orbis because they were able to offer us a poker solution that was flexible and adaptable enough to work across all technology platforms, initially Internet, iTV and live broadcast TV.”

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