32Red Poker is one of the industry’s longest-running online poker sites. However, it announced that it’ll shut down on May 19.
This poker site’s closure is in direct response to the Microgaming Poker Network shutting down. The MPN, which is best known for casino gaming, will soon be closing their network.
32Red Will Still Operate in Some Capacity
Again, 32Red Poker has been serving the gaming industry for 15 years. However, the company behind this site has decided to end its online poker segment.
Those visiting the site will see a message explaining the shutdown. Basically, the company failed to find another quality network to replace MPN.
But 32Red will continue offering both online casino games and sports betting. Poker players will still be able to log into their accounts and enjoy casino gaming and sports gambling.
Brief History of 32Red
32Red launched their internet poker room in 2005. It experienced great success as part of the MPN at the tail end of the poker boom.
However, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) convinced Microgaming to move out of the US in 2006. The MPN has had marginal success ever since.
As a whole, though, 32Red has experienced success in the European betting and casino markets. It has even inked major sponsorship deals with European football (soccer) clubs.
What Should Former 32Red Players Do?
Players still have until May 19 to play their final poker hands at 32Red. After this point, they’ll need to find another option or continue with just sports betting and casino games.
Many internet poker rooms still serve the European, Canadian, and other markets. That said, poker players have plenty of options when migrating from 32Red.
The online poker industry has seen a big spike ever since the coronavirus hit the world in early 2020. This uptick should continue into the foreseeable future.