PokerStars signs new deal with Microgaming
February 09, 2017 11:39
Lyn Consett, Contributing Editor, Bigjackpots.com
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PokerStars and Microgaming have signed a new deal. In the months to come, several jackpot casino slots will be added to the PokerStars network.

Microgaming, known as one of the world’s leading casino software suppliers, launched its first casino platform back in 1994. After that, the company shifted its focus to game and software development. Microgaming is currently offering more than 600 casino titles.
 By partnering up with Microgaming, PokerStars will gain access to the former’s Quickfire platform and major titles such as Immortal Romance, Game of Thrones, and Jurassic Park. These titles will be available across different platforms, including desktop and mobile.
 An increased selection of games, however, is not the only benefit that the players will be able to enjoy thanks to the new partnership. The players will also gain access to a network of progressive jackpots where more than 45,000 people play on a daily basis.

The new deal moves PokerStars even further away from being recognized as a company that offers poker content exclusively. That process began even before Amaya took over in 2014, and the new $4.9 billion deal will serve to accelerate it even more.

Since Amaya took over, PokerStars has significantly expanded the type of content that is has available. Apart from a casino suite, the players can now bet on sports, video poker, and live dealer games.

Some critics believe that distancing itself from its original poker-only roots has watered down its product. However, since Coral, Betfair, Paddy Power, and Ladbrokes all merged in the last year, staying exclusive to poker is no longer a viable strategy.

In any case, PokerStars is still the biggest fish in the pond. Its daily traffic is at least four times larger than that of the IDN Poker Network, its closest rival. 
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