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MPN Evolving Despite Loss of Unibet

Microgaming’s MPN was a regular fixture among the top ten poker rooms and networks in cash player traffic before losing the popular Unibet skin roughly two months ago.

Current traffic numbers provided by PokerScout show MPN off the pace of tenth place Adjarabet by 400 ring game players in a seven-day average. MPN averages 700 players, while Adjarabet clocks in with 1,100.

That’s quite a bit of ground to make up in order to regain the footing lost when Unibet departed to strike out on its own as a standalone poker room. However, MPN is busily working to do just that, making a number of recent changes aimed at driving up traffic.

The latest move was welcoming PokerLoco to the network. Heavily-favored by Latin American players, PokerLoco migrated from the Ongame Network and site representatives were not shy about expressing excitement about the transition.

We believe the MPN offers the very best online poker experience in the market and so joining the network was an easy decision to make,” PokerLoco representative Manuel Lopes told g3newswire. “We’re now a part of a network that has a well-balanced poker ecosystem, where the casual player is king. That makes it the perfect fit for PokerLoco.”

The recreational aspect of MPN centers around accomplishing achievements. There are currently 27 to shoot for on the real-money tables, with more achievements likely to be added at a future date.

By nailing achievements, players are awarded badges that can be displayed at the poker tables. Such gamification has proven to be quite popular among the casual player crowd, as showing off badges to friends and fellow players brings an air of confidence to newbies. The option to keep your online poker prowess to yourself by hiding your badges is also available.

Another recent move made by MPN was to host an upcoming live poker tour, the first stop of which is scheduled for this month in London. Held on May 29-June 1 at the Aspers Casino, players can compete in online satellites to win packages to the events. Stop #2 is scheduled for Malta in September, while the third destination will be in Tallinn at an as yet unscheduled date later in the year.

Hosting live events adds a certain bit of respectability to the network. It shows growth, as well as providing new marketing opportunities with regard to attracting players who enjoy qualifying online.

While welcoming PokerLoco to MPN, a Microgaming rep indicated that the network has no intentions of standing pat and is focused on continuing its evolution process that first began in 2003 with the launch of the Prima Poker Network. Later becoming known as the Microgaming Poker Network, a re-branding to MPN occurred in late 2012.

PokerLoco are joining the network at a very exciting time,” said MPN spokesman Alex Scott. “Over the next few years we are going to make a series of exciting changes to the MPN, to change the game of poker for the better.”

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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.