As the world's largest provider of online gaming software and with 9 years experience in providing online poker services, Microgaming plays host to some great poker rooms including Ladbrokes, Unibet, Stan James and 32Red. Microgaming can also boast the eGaming Review B2B Award for Best Poker Network of 2011.
The Microgaming network is operated out of the Isle of Man, with the majority of the individual licensees running their operations from Gibraltar and Malta (tax-free). As the operators mainly are big gaming operations, nearly all offer state of the art casinos and sportsbooks in addition to poker.
With over 8,000 players online at anyone time and peak cash game traffic between 2000-3000 there is always a game to be found on the Microgaming network. Microgaming is currently the 7th largest open poker network in the world.
Sign up bonuses vary between poker rooms but some of the best include bonuses of up to $1250. Different sites also offer different VIP programmes some offering additional treats such as days out to events or reload bonuses. In all instances loyalty points are earned which can either be exchanged for rewards, cash, or in some cases contribute to additional rakeback. In most cases player points are earned per hand raked (10 points per $1 rake or tournament fee). If you're thinking of opening a Microgaming account we would suggest you peruse the various offers to see which programme suits your play the best.
Microgaming sites offer rakeback, usually up to 30%. In some cases you have to play a certain volume to receive the maximum rakeback whereas other sites offer a flat 30% rakeback regardless of volume of play. Rakeback is regularly paid on a weekly basis.
Microgaming game variants and stakes
Microgaming (formerly prima) used to feature some of the highest stakes available online until the take off of Full Tilt and PokerStars but in recent times have not been so renowned for huge action but you can still see action up as high as to €50/€100 and as low as €0.02/€0.04. They still offer a wide variety of stakes and feature the usual variants including NLHE, LHE, PLO, PLO8, Stud, Draw & Razz. There are also a lot of tournaments, both sit and go and scheduled in both NLHE and PLO. As well as the usual freerolls, bounty, satellites to online and live events, GTD tournaments, turbos and deep stacked tournies Microgaming also run "Survivor" tournaments in which players are elimated based on the number of chips they hold at the end of each level. This is a unique, fast paced and very fun structure, unique to the Microgaming network.
A major plus point in our view for the Microgaming network has been the introduction of "anonymous" tables where players can disguise their identity if they want to play on a level playing field with their opponents.
The software at Microgaming is both mac and pc compatible, they also have an "in browser" option for those who don't have the time or inclination to download the client. Microgaming also offer a mobile version of their poker software for those on the move who want to play real money games on their smartphones.