32Red Poker is the latest casualty of the looming closure of the Microgaming Poker Network (MPN). The online poker room is set to terminate its operations when MPN finally shuts for good on May 19.
Players were notified via email this week that ongoing promotions and jackpots, including the popular Bad Beat Jackpot and all Fish Party jackpots will be decommissioned on May 18. 32Red will return any unused contributions to players, and excess funds will be redistributed in the form of special jackpot Freerolls.
32Red also made it clear that they’re only ceasing their online poker operations. Other services will continue to operate, and players will still be able to log in to their respective accounts and divert their funds to other online gaming verticals offered by the site, including online casino and sports betting.
Players Referred To Unibet Poker
The closure marks the end of an era for a company that has been on the industry for more than 15 years. 32Red launched its online poker product in 2002, creating a unique player pool and building a strong community that will now become a memory for loyal players.
In relaying the sad news, 32Red informed customers that they can still continue to play poker at their sister brand, Unibet Poker. Both 32Red and Unibet are owned and operated by online gambling giant Kindred Group. MPN was also Unibet’s home for a number of years, but the latter decided to leave the network in 2013 to focus on its standalone platform, in partnership with Relax Gaming.
While 32Red referred its players to Unibet, there is no guarantee that most of the players will make the switch, as both communities differ from each other. As one player wrote on Twitter, they were surprised by the company’s decision to close its online poker operations despite having a great player base.
32Red’s failure to find a new network for its online poker room has raised some eyebrows, given its wide reach in Europe and status as a leading gaming firm in the UK market. However, the company could now be adopting a new strategy, focusing more on sports betting, as reflected in its partnerships and ongoing sponsorship deals with multiple football teams, such as Preston North End, Middlesbrough, Leeds United, Derby County, and Glasgow Rangers.
Its parent company Kindred might also be looking to grow Unibet Poker’s player pool and drive more traffic into the site by closing down 32Red Poker, taking advantage of a potential player crossover.
Other MPN Skins Find New Home
Last year, when news of MPN’s closure first came to the fore, Russian poker room Red Star Poker became the first skin to announce its future plans, including moving to a new network, iPoker. During that time, iPoker owner Playtech also hinted that more MPN skins might also follow Red Star. This was recently confirmed when Grosvenor said it would also migrate to iPoker on May 19, alongside eight other rooms currently running on MPN.
On April 30, OlyBet successfully migrated to the world’s largest poker network – GGPoker. As part of the new partnership, OlyBet will enjoy a daily flow of around 30,000 players, with its users also given access to GGPoker’s exciting offerings and major tournaments, including the ongoing World Series of Poker (WSOP) Super Circuit Online Series which features a whopping $100 million guarantee.
MPN Closes On  May 19
MPN was among the pioneers of online poker. During the poker boom, the network was able to achieve massive success, and became one of the leading online poker providers in Europe. In 2011, it launched its mobile poker software, making it one of the first poker networks to achieve such milestone. It’s also well-known for its MPN Poker Tour, with the record-breaking final edition being held at the Aspers Casino in London, England in July 2019.
MPN may be permanently closing its doors, but it will always be part of the long and colorful history of online poker.

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