The Microgaming Poker Network has announced important new changes that include the use of the Euro as the sole currency for its poker tournaments, and a fresh approach to poker tournament action.
The network is taking a fresh approach to tournament poker this summer with the launch of Survivor Tournaments, a new and exciting format for tournament poker play; it is also introducing two additional daily poker tournaments this month, called Breakfast and Bedtime Bounty. A company spokesman said this week that the moves are designed to deliver more playability.
The new Survivor Tournaments are fast paced with nail biting finishes. Players must battle against each other and keep one eye on the clock, as a percentage of players with the lowest chip stacks are eliminated from the tournament at each level.
Players are provided with a survivor status indicator on the table, stating the crucial information that they need to know to survive the next round of elimination. Players can see their status – SAFE, WARNING or DANGER – as well as the target needed to avoid elimination, the time left in the elimination level, and the number of players to be eliminated. All the information needed to make those quick decisions is available at a glance.
All tournaments offer equal payouts to all survivors. To get a share of the winnings, all the player need do is survive.
Mark Pinan, Microgaming’s Poker Network Channel Lead says: “The Microgaming Poker Network is proud of this new and unique tournament offering which is designed to provide the most entertaining network poker competitions available. We predict that July is going to be a big month for tournament poker.”
Also introduced this (July) month is the Breakfast and Bedtime Bounty Tournaments. In both games, half of the player’s buy-in is paid into the prize pool, while the other half forms the bounty on their head. Every time a player is eliminated from the tournament the personal bounty is awarded to the player with the winning hand. Bounties can make a significant boost to the prize money but also means that players are rewarded for eliminating their competitors, even if they don’t win the pot.
Along with the new games, the network has introduced the Euro as the sole currency for its poker tournaments, giving more guarantees, more variety in game play, more chips and longer blinds.
The move from US Dollars to Euros will be applied to all network guaranteed tournaments, freerolls, satellites and regular Multi-Table Tournaments. This move will bring more of the network’s software features into play, including the ‘double buy-in’ option which will be available in all re-buy and second chance tournaments, along with an auto re-buying and topping-up feature. The option to end tournaments early when all remaining prizes are the same will also be available – starting with satellites to the new weekly Euro100 000 GTD tournament.