The site is apparently offering real money play, unexpectedly spreading Philippine Peso tables (PSP) only.

Hero Poker has taken a further step towards relaunching its player-favourite online poker room, with the open beta testing of its client.

The site is apparently offering real money play, unexpectedly spreading Philippine Peso tables (PSP) only.

According to the HeroPoker.net website, the poker room is licensed for real money gaming in the Philippines, and there is a working cashier. The main HeroPoker.co.uk still shows the “coming soon” message.

The poker room is using Microgaming’s poker software, although it is understood that Hero will not join the main poker network, MPN, but remain independent.

The website has also been updated with more details on the real money launch, with a 100% match first deposit bonus, and plans for a 75% reload bonus for all players every month. A gladiator-themed VIP program gives up to 10% cashback, and a point store, called “The Forge,” lets people spend their points (or “XP”).

Hero Poker plans to run live events in the Philippines and Macau, with admission through online satellites and tickets available in the points store. The site promotes Blaze, Microgaming’s fast-fold product, and its bad beat jackpot.

Back in November, when pokerfuse first revealed that it would relaunch on Microgaming software, it was slated for a 2013 debut. Unknown delays have pushed this back. At the time, the site was in alpha-testing for invited players only.

It is unclear if the Philippine focus is a fixture for launch. The sign-up form required a local mobile number to register.

A Hero Poker spokesperson was not immediately available to clarify launch plans.