The Microgaming Poker Network is part of Microgaming Software Systems Ltd., an Isle of Man based company, which launched the first ever online casino back in 1994 and boasts the world record for the payout on a casino progressive slot machine of $6.374.434. The poker side of the business was formally known as Prima Poker and the network includes such notable sites as Ladbrokes Poker, Unibet Poker and Betway.
The network has been one of the most popular and sturdiest online poker networks in the industry, and has remained in the top 10 poker networks due to its innovative software developments and game variations – with an average of two thousand players online, peaking to over four thousand cash players during the European evenings (Players from the USA are not allowed). The network is unique inasmuch as it allows selected sites to “ring-fence” some of their own games exclusively for their own membership. For example Ladbrokes and Unibet offer “non networked” ring tables with stakes of $2/$4 which are only accessible by members of their site. Players from other skins on the network will not be able to access these games.
Amongst the unique variants of the games on offer are “Survivor Tournaments”. These run in the same manner as regular MTTs except that, at selected intervals, short stacked players are removed from the game – allowing it to flow quicker and reach its conclusion sooner. Ring tables are also provided where an ante is paid every hand as well as the blinds, and bounty Sit ´n´ Go tournaments have just been introduced. The standard of play on the network is quite strong. At the micro-limits there are both loose players and small time, regular players working towards clearing their bonuses with tight play. On the low and medium stake tables, it is possible to find a selection of players who have migrated onto the poker tables from a successful day at the predominately sports betting orientated skins, and you will also find some very competitive multi-table tournaments around the $5 buy-in.
The software for the Microgaming Network has been developed in-house, looks basic and is fairly light on RAM, allowing those who wish to play multiple games to have 10 games in progress at any one time. There is a version for Mac, but many of the skins choose to offer just the Windows version of the software and the comprehensive Flash version.
The skins on the network provide independent customer support, host many of their own exclusive games and offer their own promotions. There is no rakeback allowed on sites affiliated to the Microgaming Network, so many sites opt to have their own loyalty schemes offering to exchange player points for tournament buy-ins or redeem for cash. There is a solid mix of guaranteed prize money tournaments throughout the day and many qualifiers and satellite routes available to the big weekend network games at the weekend – $30K guaranteed freezeout on a Saturday and $100K guaranteed freezeout on a Sunday. There are also satellite network routes available to win packages to major live poker events such as the WSOP.
As well as offering the industry standards such as Texas Hold´em, Omaha and 7 Card Stud, skins on the Microgaming Network also offer ring games and multi-table tournaments in 5 Card Draw, 5 Card Stud and Razz.
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