As evidenced by the company’s purchase of Run It Once Poker in May, Rush Street Interactive, also known as RSI for short, is dedicated to the game of poker. With the acquisition of the television series Poker Night in America, the company has demonstrated yet another level of dedication to the game of poker.
RSI Completes the Acquisition of Yet Another Important Poker Asset
This comes on top of the rumored ambitions that RSI has to break ground into poker with a dedicated platform that will provide yet another vertical to the existing sports betting and iGaming portfolios. In the event that this occurs, RSI intends to use the OKBET brand, which it has already established in a number of different states and territories within the United States, to also serve as the driving force behind an online poker platform.
Richard Schwartz, the Chief Executive Officer of RSI, made these remarks in reference to the most recent acquisition: “The acquisition of Poker Night is an important step-up for the company as it seeks to navigate the poker industry and community.”
Poker Night is capable of producing high-quality poker content that can be broadcast or streamed to fans, and it also provides viewers with access to great TV content that is both entertaining and worthwhile. The following was noted by Schwartz and cited by PokerFuse.com:
Remember that we also bought an online poker platform two quarters ago? Together, these two will position us well for the eventual launch of online poker, as well as the significant cross-sell opportunities that poker will bring to our casino and sportsbook verticals.
-RSI CEO Richard Schwartz
Poker Night in America is a particularly important show and asset for RSI now. The show is often featured as part of the CBS Sports Network broadcasts and the production has seen a number of heavyweight poker players appear on the show, including Doug Polk, Maria Ho, and Phil Hellmuth. Hellmuth also has stock in RSI.
A Poker Platform Possibly Coming for the Company
RSI’s affiliation with Hellmuth has already helped the company build up its portfolio and presence in land-based online poker across the United States. Hellmuth, who has won 16 WSOP bracelets is a role model and an ambassador for the game globally.
While no definitive plans for a platform have yet been confirmed by RSI it would be hard to imagine that the company, which operates in several iGaming markets, would give up on the opportunity to leverage its poker expertise and status in the vertical to forge ahead with a dedicated platform of its own.