Empire Poker opened in 2003 by Empire Online, a company formed in 2002. It started off as a Party Poker skin and was a very popular site during the 2003 to 2006 era. Many small bankroll players would hit up all the skins for sign-up and reload bonuses in order to build their bankrolls.
In June 2005, after several years of very strong growth, Empire Online floated stock on the London Stock Exchange, raising £123.5 million. Just a few months after going public, Sportingbet was in negotiations to buy the company for £790 million, but both companies cut off negotiations.
In 2005, Party Poker decided that it wanted to cut off the skins (Empire, Intertops, and MultiPoker) from Party Poker's traffic. Because of this, Empire Poker's traffic dropped dramatically, so Empire sued Party. The two companies announced a settlement in 2006 where PartyGaming stated that they would buy out Empire for $250 million. Empire Online, now having divested itself of all of its online gambling interests, then changed its name to "Livermore Investment Group" and is now traded on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol "LIV".
Today, Empire offers progressive bad beat jackpots, guaranteed tournaments, and daily freerolls. But they don't offer any advantages over the better sites that are available.
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