Global registry services provider and poker fan Afilias announced that today is the start of the landrush period for the new “dot POKER” or .POKER top level domain.
From March 10 through April 9, 2015, anyone may apply for the .POKER domain name they want. All applications will be finalized after the landrush period ends, and names receiving more than one application will go to an auction process. Open registration follows on April 21, 2015.
“.POKER is the only top level domain dedicated to the game of poker, the world’s favorite card game. Easy and fun to remember, it is the winning web extension for poker tournaments, products, players, news, tips — everything related to poker.”
“Poker fans share a special language and many poker terms will make excellent .POKER domain names,” said Roland LaPlante, CMO of Afilias. “The most popular names will likely receive multiple bids during the landrush period, so submit your application(s) today at your favorite registrar and ensure you have a seat at the table!”
.POKER domain name applications are accepted now through April 9 when the landrush period ends. Applicants of domains that have only one application will then be notified and will receive their domain names. Applicants for domains with multiple applications will be invited via email to enter a private auction, where names will be awarded to the highest bidder.
Afilias is the world’s second largest domain registry, with approximately 20 million names under management. Afilias powers a wide variety of top level domains, and will soon support hundreds of new TLDs now preparing for launch, including TLDs for cities, brands, communities and generic terms. Afilias’ specialized technology makes Internet addresses more accessible and useful through a wide range of applications, including Internet domain registry services, Managed DNS and mobile Web services like goMobi® and DeviceAtlas®.