MPN (Microgaming Poker Network)
Microgaming has been the leader in gaming software development for almost two decades, so it's no surprise that the Isle of Man-based developer has its own solid poker network. .
Considering Microgaming has been around since 1994 and was responsible for launching the first casino and video slots on the web, it means MPN (formerly the Microgaming Poker Network) is the longest-serving poker network around.
Microgaming is based in the iGaming hotbed of the Isle of Man and boasts more awards than you can shake a virtual stick at.
Find out what makes Microgaming poker sites special, like:
- Secure games
- 20 years of poker software experience
- Instant play available
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MPN (Microgaming Poker Network) operates around 30-40 skins on its network as of 2016. Some of them are offshoots of award-winning casinos or online sportsbooks (32Red poker, StanJames poker, BetVictor poker) but there are certainly plenty of mainly European-facing skins that can hold their own as poker-only sites.
Benefits of the Network
As well as operating some of the most respectable skins in online poker, MPN features some interesting unique elements.
At Microgaming skins, players can review their gaming transactions through PlayCheck and their financial transactions through CashCheck.
They can also access their loyalty status and bonus balance in real time via a fully integrated application.
The web-based software is Flash-powered, meaning that players can either download a client or play instantly via their web browsers. The graphics and tables are easy-to-follow too.
As well as lots of full No Limit Hold'em tables, Microgaming skins also offer Pot Limit Omaha, Omaha Hi-Lo, 7-card Stud, Razz, and 5-card Draw.
Meanwhile, if you're looking to transfer funds across to a sportsbook or casino, most good MPN skins have adjoining casinos and sportsbetting arms for real-money bets.
In 2013, the network launched a new Achievements system which rewards players based on them completing certain "missions". (This is a trend that's starting to appear at many sites, most notably PartyPoker.)
Players can "Pimp My Client", or customize their client with personal settings, and earn points. Elsewhere, "Live Wire" points are awarded to players who qualify for big live events via MPN skins.
Big Poker Tournaments
While big-money tourney series are in rather short supply at MPN, there are still millions of dollars in guaranteed prizepools across the Microgaming skins.
You can easily find plenty of freerolls, Bounty tournaments, Sit 'n' Gos at all stakes, and anonymous tables, which let you multi-table cash games and keep your details and username secret.
Meanwhile, the network runs satellites to its major live series, the MPN Poker Tour. The third MPN Poker Tour festival took place in Tallinn in early 2016 . Most big skins on the MPN ran satellites, including BetVictor, 32Red, and StanJames.
Microgaming isn't only about progressive jackpot slots or casino software; they also operate a popular network for online poker site players.
With some of the biggest skins around (mainly offshoots of existing sportsbooks and casinos) you know you're in for a reliable, exciting poker experience.
While it's true that many MPN skins have gone bust over the past few years, the network has maintained its big players to offer really solid Internet poker skins. And after all, you wouldn't disagree with a network that won the eGaming Review B2B Award in 2011 for Best Poker Network.
Microgaming Network Fast Facts
Major Skins: 32Red Poker, 24hBet, 188Bet, BetVictor, StanJames Poker, Cool Hand Poker, NordicBet, Betway
Average 7-Day Cash Game Traffic: 1,100
US Players Accepted: No
Big Tournament Series: Satellites to MPN Poker Tour