Microgaming poker network is set to close shop next year on May 19, 2020.
However, the imminent shutdown of MPN is not news, the decision was made in September. Back then, Microgaming Poker Network announced that they will be closing the virtual card rooms sometime next year.
Rumors of the shutdown started spreading last week after a Red Star Poker representative spilled the beans during an interview. However, MPN later confirmed the date on Twitter.
MPN will deal our last hand on May 19th, 2020.
— MPN (@ThrillOfPoker) November 25, 2019
In September, MPN announced its plan to exit the online poker space.
The network model no longer fits with our strategic vision for poker, and this is the right time to announce the closure as we focus on redistributing key resources and personnel across the business. While the network will be closing, this is not the end for poker at Microgaming, which is driven to create the most enjoyable entertainment experiences, leading the way with world-class gaming content. Ultimately, this move will help the business to achieve that vision as we follow a new strategic direction for the vertical, details of which will be revealed in due course
MPN managing director had added that:
For some time now, I’ve been carrying out an extensive review into the poker product here at Microgaming, with input from poker industry experts, independent consultants, and my colleagues around the world. The conclusion of the review was that, for poker to be as successful as possible, we had to adopt a very different strategy and business model. Ultimately, the poker network is not part of that vision.
What’s next for Microgaming Poker Network Clients?
Even though MPN is closing shop, there is no reason to worry. According to MPN, players’ money is safe and they can still enjoy top-notch services up until May 19, 2020. Meaning that players can still deposit, play and withdraw before the 2020 deadline.
Also, Red Star Poker, a Russian-owned poker room, has already announced that it will move from MPN to iPoker network.
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