A new NFT-based AI poker brand is in the works from former Full Tilt Poker , PokerStars and 888 executives and consultants . Called PokerAces , the project seeks to bring “fun” back to online poker by leveraging new technologies and gameplays, according to i3soft , the company developing the product.
“Poker is our passion; however, we don’t like where online tournament poker is heading,” a statement by i3soft says . “Online tournament play will continue to stagnate until recreational players are re-energized with a fun gameplay experience that respects their time and money.”
Founders John Caldwell and Bob Williams , who have worked with PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, argue online poker is “stagnating,” with players leaving the game due to factors such as competitors using additional software and Real-Time Assistance (RTA) to analyze hand history and playstyle .
The Origin of i3Soft, Part One: ‘Let’s Build Something Cool’ In December, my friend Jay texted me that his colleague Bob was looking for someone that knew crypto. He asked whether I was interested in an introduction. I almost said no. I’d had a terrible year and wasn’t ready to start something new. Then Jay used Bob’s last name: Williams. I knew him. He’s one of the best product guys the gambling business has to offer. I say the following as a staunch PokerStars person: the poker software that Bob helped build and refine at Full Tilt was best in class. I also knew some of his innovations like jackpot SNGs that still thrive today. Most importantly, I knew my weakness: product. I know what I want, but I can’t build it to save my life. On our first call, we talked about our mutual passion for poker, Web3 tech, and broad possibilities—nothing specific and nothing remarkable. We also talked about what a disaster online poker has become for recreational players. I think Bob sensed my ho-hum attitude. Then he said something that changed my life. “Look, I have a great team of developers, designers, and other rock stars. Let’s build something cool.” We hung up and agreed to talk in […]