32Red will close its online poker vertical once the Microgaming Poker Network ceases to operate on May 19th. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
A final farewell
32Red has informed its players that it will quit its online poker offering once its network partner, the Microgaming Poker Network (MPN), closes on May 19. The UK online gambling operator has decided not to look for a replacement for MPN.
now referred to the Unibet Poker platform
Players received an email notification on Wednesday and are now directed to the Unibet Poker platform, which is also part of 32Red’s parent company, the Kindred Group. A notice has also been put in place on the 32Red online poker site to notify users of the vertical shutdown.
32Red was one of the first licensed online poker platforms to launch in 2002.
Player options after closing
After May 19, 32Red poker customers will still be able to use their accounts to play online casino and place bets with sports bets. Alternatively, they can simply withdraw their funds as they see fit.
The site’s loyal poker players took to social media to express their disappointment over MPN’s shutdown:
32Red has been part of the Kindred group since February 2017, when it was acquired for Â£ 176 million ($ 215 million). The leading online gaming brand has partnered deals with numerous UK football clubs such as Derby County, Middlesborough, Preston North End and Glasgow Rangers.
Changing the online poker scene
A number of established poker networks, including Everest Poker, pulled out of the UK market this year. Grosvenor Poker was another MPN affiliate brand. He will now join the iPoker network, which already has names like William Hill, Bet365 and Betfair on its books. OlyBet will switch to GGPoker.
online poker is on the rise
With most of the world’s major sporting events currently on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, online poker is on the rise. Global data shows an increase in activity in April, with 888poker seeing a 60% increase in overall poker traffic levels for the same period in its US operations.