There have been a lot of changes in the 9 years I have been covering online poker. One thing which has remained constant throughout is that Red Kings Poker have been my go-to site on the OnGame Poker Network (recently rebranded as NYX)
Over the last couple of years, OnGame has been in a steady decline as far as player numbers are concerned. Now, that old favourite – Red Kings – are about to up sticks and move over the the newly invigorated MPN (MIcroGaming Poker Network).
It was MPN which was in decline until about a year ago. Some of their bigger ‘Skins’ (think Unibet) left, and a lot of rakeback sites killed off the games. With the rewards capped, and the player numbers growing again, I am feeling a lot more positive about the MicroGaming Network compared to just 12 months ago. There are a lot of betting sites brands connected, which does help with cross-over traffic keeping the poker games soft.
What Will Continue at Red Kings?
Red Kings has been one of the most innovative sites around, especially during their early years. This was the first site to offer mobile poker when smartphones were new, and also early mac-friendly software adopters. I also liked their Grand Poker Tour – which was the first hybrid between live and online tournament events.
Of all the promos (and there were many), it was the ‘Fishmarket’ which stood out for me. Giving all new depositors a free entry to a regular tournament (rather than a freeroll) attracted all the regular tournament players too – creating a really good event every couple of months. Alas there has not been a Fishmarket for a while, denting any hopes that this will transfer to the MPN Site.
Red Kings Poker MPN Switch Over Date
The 27th of September is the date for your diaries. You’ll be able to access your old account, and play on the new network from then. I’m assuming that there will be a software update on that day when you start up the software.
You’ll be able to continue playing on the OnGame (NYX) Network until the 15th October. Your crowns will have to be used up before then. The shop will not be offered after that, though you can use points for rakeback and for tournament entries on the new network.
Other Big Moves in the Poker Traffic Rankings
There is a lot going on in the rankings at the moment – with some success stories to report.
MPN are doing very nicely, with substantial increases – though Unibet, the last of the big brands to leave them, is almost matching their volume (at least as far as cash game players are concerned). Unibet are using a very recreational model, pushing in an entirely different direction to MPN, which still uses the old system of encouraging players to multi-table.
iPoker also seems to be in decline, lining their 3rd place slot to both Bodog (the Bovada part of this brand is about to move to Ignition), and Winamax, the biggest of the French Poker sites. The Hive Poker Network – which offers exclusively fast-fold games, is steadily growing too.
If there is one thing we can be certain of, it is change!
I’m looking forward to checking out the new Red Kings Poker on MicroGaming. The URL (and great promos) are right there at www.redkings.com