Microgaming is continuing to capitalize on the imminent closure of rival poker network Entraction, with the announcement today that BetVictor has also picked Microgaming Poker Network (MPN) as its new home. The move will happen by the end of the month.
The Gibraltar-based BetVictor, formerly Victor Chandler International, is a large UK bookmaker with a sizable online presence. Along with poker, it also operates an online sportsbook, casino, skill games, and financials products.
The transition was expected, as BetVictor already operates some online poker on Microgaming: The main poker room “Victor Chandler Poker,” formerly VC Poker, currently resides on Entraction, but in November 2011 it also launched a second poker offering on MPN for players in countries that were restricted on Entraction.
Andy Horne, Head of Poker at BetVictor, sees only good things with the news: “We’re looking forward to consolidating our online poker business on the Microgaming Poker Network, where we’ve been serving customers in a variety of international markets since late last year. Providing the best poker experience possible is our top priority, and we’re sure that the MPN will continue to deliver in this respect.”
Their hand was somewhat forced, of course, as Entraction will close by the end of the year. All skins are forced to find new homes. BetVictor’s consolidation onto MPN will complete by the end of the month.
Microgaming could see a big boost to its network following its rival’s closure. iGame, which owns many of Entraction’s largest skins, also recently announced it would move all poker properties to MPN and, according to today’s press release, “The MPN is in advanced discussions with a number of other major operators” to also make the switch.