FAQ

General Questions

What is a poker network?

A poker network is a group of poker rooms working together and sharing games and tables. If you are playing with a poker room on the MPN, you are probably playing with players from other poker rooms.

Note the MPN is a network, not a poker room. You cannot sign up at the MPN. To play on the MPN, register an account with one of the MPN’s poker rooms.

How long has the MPN been around?

The MPN launched in March of 2003 as Prima Poker Network. It was also known as the Microgaming Poker Network for a period before being re-branded in December 2012 as the MPN.

What is the difference between a poker network and a poker room?

A poker network is a collection of poker rooms all working together to build a jointly-managed poker-playing community.

If you are a player with 32Red, you could be playing at the same table as players from Unibet, Betsson and all the other poker rooms. See all the poker rooms on the MPN.

How do I get in touch with the MPN?

If you are a player, contact the Poker Room that you have an account with. You can see all MPN poker rooms on this page.

If you are a poker room and you want to know more about the MPN, visit the Microgaming corporate website for contact details.

Where do I sign up?

Because the MPN is a poker network and not a poker room, you cannot sign up directly with the MPN.

To play on the MPN, register an account with one of the MPN’s poker rooms.

What does ‘MPN’ stand for?

MPN is an acronym for Microgaming Poker Network. The network rebranded from ‘Microgaming Poker Network’ to ‘MPN’ in December 2012 to reflect a new approach to network management and operations.

Poker Questions

I want to learn how to play poker. Where should I start?

Even the top poker pros had to start at the very beginning in learning how to play. A lot of people start by playing in play money games or freerolls. We highly recommend this, as it is a free, and risk-free, way to start learning this great game. See all the MPN freerolls.

Once you have a bunch of free games under your belt, we recommend you move forward your poker career with low buy-in cash games or tournaments. And when playing cash games, always remember to keep a bankroll of at least 10 times the buy-in of the game to help with swings. For a cash game with blinds of €0.01/0.02, the buy-in is €2, so you should have at least €20 set aside to play this game.

There are also a number of great online resources to help you get started. Several companies offer free or cheap poker training. Have a look around online to see if there is a company you like.

Learning how to play poker can be frustrating in the beginning, but if you stick with it, you will find that the more you learn about the game, the more exciting and mentally stimulating it is.

Good luck at the tables!

What rake allocation method do you use?

Excellent question! The MPN utilises a unique and patent-pending dual layer rake allocation method called True Value.

True Value is a system that rewards poker rooms and, through them, affiliates for acquiring and reactivating players.

What True Value does not do is impact the players. All rake-related promotions are paid out using the more traditional weighted contributed rake allocation method, which allocates rake according to how much each player in a hand contributes to the pot. This is what we mean by “dual layer”. On one layer, True Value’s algorithm works to encourage poker rooms to acquire and reactivate players. And on the second layer, player rewards are calculated using a traditional method.

I’m confused. What is a rake allocation method and why should I care?

Let’s first start by explaining what rake is.

In every cash game hand, a small percentage of the pot is taken by the “house” to cover the cost of running the game. In live cash games, the house is just the casino you are playing in. It gets a little more complicated online, as there are multiple poker rooms sharing the same tables.

If you are playing with Poker Room X, you could be playing against players from Poker Room Y and Poker Room Z. In this case, who is the house?

Let’s use a hypothetical example. You are Bob, and you’re playing against Freddy and Dracula. Each of you is playing on the MPN through a different poker room. You signed up with Poker Room X, Freddy is with Y and Dracula is with Z. All three of you get involved in a hand, and the pot grows to €100. At the end of the hand, you win the pot (congratulations!) and €3 in rake is removed. All three of you were involved in the hand, so to which poker room does that €3 go to?

The rake allocation method in use determines where the rake goes.

Using the traditional weighted contributed rake allocation method, each of the three poker rooms would get €1 of the €3 rake. Using True Value, that number depends on your playing history. If you, Bob, are a new player who has not played many hands and has just gone through a losing streak, your poker room, X, may get €2 in rake for the hand, and Poker Rooms Y and Z could each get €0.50. It depends on each of the involved players’ history over the previous months.

Should you care? It’s up to you.

We think it’s a fascinating subject, so much so that we have applied for a patent for our own True Value rake allocation method. But because True Value is a dual layer system, it does not impact players at all, so you do not need to worry about it changing how you approach this great game. Using the above example, if you are getting a bonus that is paid out at 10% of the rake you generate, you would clear €0.10 of your bonus in that hand (10% of €1 rake, as calculated using the weighted contributed method).

What is a multi-table tournament?

A multi-table tournament (MTT) is a game that starts at a pre-determined time and runs until one person has all the chips. In some MTTs, you buy in once and don’t need to buy in again. In others, you can choose to purchase more chips throughout the tournament. These additional purchase options are called re-buys and add-ons.

MTTs can have thousands of players in a single game at a time, and the tournaments can sometimes last for several hours.  If you want to try a faster tournament, have a go at a sit ‘n’ go tournament.

What makes a guaranteed tournament ‘guaranteed’?

A guaranteed tournament is a multi-table tournament (MTT) with a guaranteed prize amount. This is different from a regular MTT, in which the prize amount is the total of buy-ins collected from players.

Guaranteed tournaments tend to be bigger and more popular than regular MTTs.

What is the difference between a sit ‘n’ go and a multi-table tournament?

A sit ‘n’ go tournament (SnG) has a pre-determined number of players, and it starts whenever all those players have taken seats.

A multi-table tournament (MTT) has a pre-determined start time, and it can have any number of players.

For example, a 6-seat Turbo SnG starts once six players buy in. A 6pm €1000 Guaranteed Tournament (which is an MTT) starts exactly at 6pm, regardless of whether there are 5 or 5000 registered players.

Both SnGs and MTTs end once one person has all the chips. More than one person win prizes, of course – generally between 10% and 20% of the players win something.

What is a freeroll?

A freeroll is a multi-table tournament that is free to play and gives out real prizes. Sometimes you may need to accomplish a task, such as depositing or playing a single cash game hand, before you can play a freeroll.

What is a cash game?

A cash game is a poker type in which players sit down with cash and leave whenever they like.

This is different from a tournament, in which everyone starts at the same time and the game only finishes when one player has won all the chips. Cash games are exciting and fun, but they require largish bankrolls. If you’re new to the game, we recommend you start with sit ‘n’ go tournaments.

What is the rake?

Rake is the house fee charged on cash games. A small percentage of each pot is taken by the house to cover the development and management of the software.

For cash games with blinds less than €0.05/0.10, the rake is 10% up to €0.10. For all cash games with blinds of €0.05/0.10 and up, the rake is 5% up to €1 (if there are just 2 people playing) or €3 (if more than 2 people are playing).

What are blinds?

Blinds are forced bets that players must contribute to the pot before every hand can be dealt. Usually, there is a small blind and a big blind, and the small blind is half of the big blind.

The blinds in a cash game are constant. If you are playing in a 1c/2c cash game, the small blind is 1c and the big blind is 2c.

The blinds in tournaments get bigger as the tournaments progress. This is called “blinds progression”.

In both game types, the blinds rotate clockwise with every hand. If there are six people at a cash game table and player 1 has the small blind and player 2 has the big blind, then in the next hand player 1 will not have any forced bet, player 2 will have the small blind and player 3 will have the big blind. In six hands, each player around the table will have contributed the small and big blinds once each.

What poker variants do you have?

We have Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Omaha Hi/Lo, 7 Card Stud, 5 Card Stud, 5 Card Draw, Razz and Blaze Poker (our fast-fold poker variant).

How much money should I bring with me to play?

There are some great guidelines online for bankroll management. We strongly recommend you Google “bankroll management” to see what the experts say about this. We tend to recommend that cash game players of all levels keep 10x the buy-in available in their bankroll to handle swings. For a cash game with blinds of €0.01/0.02, the buy-in is €2, so you should have at least €20 set aside to play this game.

If you are brand new to the game, try playing in freerolls or play money tables first. They are free to enter and play.

If you are a new player wanting to play with money, we recommend you start with sit ‘n’ go tournaments (SnGs). These are quick tournaments with clear-cut entry and purchase requirements. You can start playing SnGs from just 25c.

Game Integrity

How do I know your deal is random?

The MPN employs a Random Number Generator (RNG) to ensure that all deals are completely, totally random. But you don’t have to take our word for it. eCOGRA, an independent testing agency and player protection and standards organisation, reveiews all hands played on the MPN each month and issues a report on how random the deal is. All players can view updated reports in the MPN’s poker software. More information on eCOGRA can be found at www.ecogra.com.

Am I playing against real people or computer programs?

Poker is a game of skill played by real people against other real people. There is constant monitoring of the games to ensure it stays that way.

Blaze Poker

What is Blaze Poker?

Blaze Poker is a fast-paced cash game in which you join a large pool of players.
Players in the pool are seated randomly before each hand, so you will face different players in every hand you play.
Quick Fold your hand to immediately go to a new hand against new opponents.

What is Quick Fold?

Quick Fold is a Blaze Poker feature which folds your hand and moves you to a new table without waiting for the hand to complete.
You can Quick Fold from any position, even before the betting reaches you.

What is HU Blaze?

In Heads Up Blaze games, you will play versus just one other player in a pool of eight players. When you fold, you will immediately get cards in a hand against a new player.

Unlike in regular Blaze tables, you can only enter each HU pool once.

What’s with this cannon?

Blazing Cannon is a feature within Blaze Poker. Win 20 raked pots and you will get a chance to shoot a cannon at a house of cards. Knock down the golden suit tokens in the house of cards to win cash prizes. Blazing Cannon isn’t around all the time, so check the website or your poker software to see if it is firing.

Read more.

Promotions and Games

What is the difference between a promotion and a game?

Very generally, a promotion is a game, or series of games, with added prizes.

Where can I find information about your first deposit (and other) bonuses?

This website only has information about network-wide or poker room-shared promotions.

To find a promotion running with just one poker room, like a first deposit bonus, visit the poker room’s website. You can see all MPN poker rooms here.

Where can I find the tournament schedule?

You can see the tournament schedule on the Multi-Table Tournament page, found under Games.

Software Questions

Can I play on the MPN on my Mac?

Yes! But not using the main downloadable poker software. We have a downloadable Mac-compatible software version, and also a Flash version, that are offered through some, but not all, poker rooms. If you cannot find a link to the downloadable or Flash Mac software versions on your poker room’s website, ask their customer support where you can access it.

Can I play on the MPN from my mobile?

Some MPN poker rooms have an HTML5 mobile version of the software available to their players. The software works on iPhone and Android phones and tablets. If you would like to play on the MPN from your mobile and cannot find a link to the software on your poker room’s website, contact their customer support to find out how you can access the mobile software.

I found a bug in the software. How do I report it?

We think our software is robust and mostly bug-free, but, like with all software, bugs do appear from time to time. To report a software bug, contact the customer support department of the poker room you are playing with and provide as much detail as possible on the bug, including log files and screenshots if possible, and the hand ID of the hand in which the bug appeared at the least. And thank you! Every bug report we get makes our software better.

Achievements

What are Achievements?

Achievements are recognition of your online poker accomplishments. Master Achievements and earn badges through skill, perseverance or just dumb luck.

The number of badges you earn is a measure of how awesome you are at online poker.

What is the difference between an Achievement, a badge, a task and a Pip?

Each Achievement is made up of tasks for you to complete, and the difficulty of each task is measured in Pips. Once you have completed all the tasks in an Achievement, you have mastered that Achievement and you earn a badge.

For example, the Achievement called Training Wheels has a badge with a tricycle on it. You master this Achievement and earn the badge when you have completed all four tasks. The total Pips for all four tasks are only 25, as this is an easy Achievement.

You can see all your earned badges in the Completed tab in My Achievements.

What are Pips?

Pips are what we use to score the difficulty of the tasks. A task that is very difficult to complete has a higher Pips value than an easy task. To earn a badge, you must complete tasks to collect enough Pips to master that Achievement.

Most Achievements can only be mastered when all tasks have been completed and all Pips collected, but from time to time we may have Achievements that have more Pips available than are required to earn the badge, which gives you the freedom to choose which tasks in an Achievement to complete.

How do I display my Achievements badge on the table?

By default, we show your latest badge on the table. If there is a badge you are particularly proud of and want to show off, you can set it as your displayed badge in two different ways:

  • From the Achievements page, select the badge and click the Set as my Badge button.
  • From the notification you receive when you earn the Achievement, click the Set as my Badge icon.

How can I compare my awesomeness to other players?

Click another player’s badge on the table to see how many Achievements they have. Compare this to your badge count and get playing if they are more awesome than you!

Can I hide my Achievements from other players?

Yes! To do this, click the Privacy button at the bottom of the page.

If you choose Privacy, you will continue to complete tasks and earn badges, but you will not receive any notifications of your progress. You will not lose any badges when Privacy is turned on. Turn off the Privacy setting to turn the notifications back on.

Can other players see my badges?

Other players can only see the badge that you have displayed by your avatar. They can also see the number of badges you have earned by clicking your badge, but they cannot see what individual badges you have earned.

Do I have to deposit money to earn Achievements?

No! Some Achievements are available for players who are playing poker with play money chips. These Achievements will earn you a badge, but they have no associated Pips.

What happens to my play money Achievements if I start playing with real money?

Once you take the plunge and join us in the exciting arena of real money poker, we will hide the play money Achievements. You will keep any play money badges you fully earned, but any play money Achievements not started or completed will not be available anymore.

What you get in return is a wider variety of challenges and tasks than was available in the play money Achievements.

How many badges can I show on the table?

While we want your friends to be a little jealous, we don’t want to overwhelm everyone at the table with how awesome you are. For this reason we can only allow a single badge on the table.

I have completed a task but no badge is displayed on the table. Why?

Does the Achievement that you are playing have more than one task? If so, you must complete all tasks for the Achievement to earn the badge.

How can I track the number of Pips I have and how many I still need to master an Achievement?

The total number of Pips you have collected is displayed at the top of the My Achievements page, and this is updated as you complete each task.

This page also shows information for each Achievement. This includes the total number of Pips required, the number of Pips you have collected so far and your overall completion of the Achievement.

How do I know what to do so I can earn more badges?

You can click on the Achievement in the My Achievements page, which will drop down a list of tasks. Each task has a description which shows you what you need to do in order to complete that task.