Sources close to PokerUpdate have revealed that the Microgaming network plan to remove table waiting lists in their next software upgrade.
This change is aimed to encourage players to start new tables and will hopefully boost the network’s liquidity. Alongside anonymous tables, Microgaming are determined to make the network one of the most enjoyable places for recreational players to play online poker.
It is also rumoured that Microgaming will be placing restrictions on all first deposit bonuses. Bonuses will be allowed to clear at a maximum of 20% (similar to Entraction) and cannot exceed $1,000. Until recently all Microgaming licenses offered players up to 50% rakeback network wide in an attempt to grab the attention of players looking for a new home post Black Friday. The possibility of bonuses being made less rewarding demonstrates a complete change in Microgaming’s acquisition strategy. Instead of making their network the most financially beneficial in terms of rewards and rakeback, the network seems set on making the games more enjoyable and softer.
It’s still unclear whether the change to the first deposit bonuses will take place, but it is a certainty that waiting lists will be removed in the near future. PokerUpdate have also been informed that Microgaming are keeping a close eye on their changes to Heads-Up tables. The network recently made all Heads-Up tables anonymous and if this move is deemed to have been harmful to the network it will likely be reversed.