ver the years, the MPN has shown repeatedly that it is willing to innovate and try new things in order to stay competitive. The MPN was first to market with Survivor Tournaments, an innovative and fast-paced tournament format in which players with the smallest chip stacks are periodically eliminated.
The MPN was also the first network to launch a mobile client for Android devices, the first to offer Anonymous Tables, and the first network to offer a fast-fold poker variant, Blaze Poker. In recognition of its comprehensive software, in 2011, Microgaming accepted eGR’s B2B Poker Network of the Year award.
2011 also saw the formation of the Network Management Board (NMB), a group which includes operator representatives and independent industry experts, designed to steer the network in the right direction. One of the NMB’s first successes was True Value, a unique method of allocating rake to operators, which rewards those who acquire and reactivate players.
Today, the network is home to a number of new operators - Betsson, Paf and iGame Malta Ltd, to name a few - in addition to long-standing licensees such as Unibet, Stan James and 32Red.
“The MPN is one of poker’s best loved and longest-established networks,” says Lydia Melton, Head of Network Games at Microgaming. “We’ve seen so many changes on the network and in the industry in the last ten years - the rise of regulated markets and loss of other markets, software innovation and nearly five billion hands dealt at our tables. I’m really excited about what could happen in the next ten years.”
Ed Ware, CEO of 32Red, adds: “We continue to be very pleased with the poker platform provided by Microgaming and have been part of their poker network since 2003. MPN has consistently adapted to the online poker environment throughout the years and is today well positioned to continue to provide a successful poker solution.”
The MPN’s tenth anniversary coincides with the release of the network’s brand new Bad Beat Jackpot, which offers opted-in players an easier chance at frequent paydays.