Prima Poker use to be one of the premium poker networks to play on then the Micrograming Poker Network sadly declined over recent years. But are the good times back and will it soon be known as the Megagaming Poker Network?
With the killing them softly approach of the Ongame Network owners bwinparty and then the surprising online poker news that the Entraction/IGT Network was to close – poker sites are looking for new poker networks and MGS is starting to attract new skins. The only other alternative from Microgaming is iPoker so is it a case of the Microgaming Poker Network finally being in the right place at the right time?
Microgaming have previously understandably chosen to concentrate their time, effort and resources on their Casino software and network. Microgaming Poker has taken a back seat and this showed in the development (sick) of the client software, promotions and tournament schedule.
But things started to change a couple of years ago. Reports and discussions with Microgaming skins, affiliates and players – as well as looking and playing on the network ourselves – showed that people who knew a little bit about poker had been employed – a long term game plan was not just created but the development roadmap was followed. Sort of. Microgaming even held roadshows and listened to their clients and players. Sort of.
The results were seen by the improvement in the Micgrogaming Network and are the fruits of that labour now being seen? Combined with the efforts or non efforts of other poker networks of course.
Micro to Megagaming Poker Network
iGame Poker (24hPoker and NoiQPoker both owned by same company and will finally fully merge in merge when they move) are joining Microgaming Network on 7th November.
Betsafe (owned by Betsson) have integrated the Microgaming Poker Client into their site to offer it alongside their other poker products. Betsson have yet to confirm what or if they will replace their rakeback skin (IGT/Entraction) with another rakeback skin and if they do then there is really only Microgaming left. Unless Betsson want to get involved with a US facing network which you would expect them not to. Not that dodgy/illegal financial rules stop them in the Turkish market but what harm can Turkey do Betsson?
It is starting to look good again for Microgaming Poker and they must be hoping that they can reach that much needed player liquidity tipping point where they can start to compete once again with the big boys.