September 9, 2010 (CAP PR Wire) — Microgaming (www.microgaming.com), the world’s largest provider of online gaming software, has unveiled a host of innovative changes to its popular Slot and Blackjack Tournament schedule, which will be offered by participating Microgaming casino operators.

The changes reflect Microgaming’s desire to constantly enhance its casino offering by providing operators with innovative, groundbreaking new tournament formats and products. The new programme includes innovative tournament types, designed to inject even greater liquidity into the network. Included in the programme are the following:

One-Shot – A One Shot Tournament is an exciting new event offering players just one attempt to achieve their best possible overall score. This is an all out, fast, frantic tournament where the winner takes home the entire prize pool. There are no Add-Ons or Re-Buys offered for this tournament type.

Reloader – Reloader Tournaments are single round tournaments where Add-Ons are not available, but players will be able to ‘reload’ for multiple chances of winning.  Players have an even playing field, where everyone has the same chance of achieving the top score, with each turn that they take.

Extender – Extender Tournaments are score building events where players can build a total score, using additional coins and time known as Add-Ons to extend their initial base score, the highest accumulated score will win. A player may also Re-Buy into this tournament and attempt to beat their previous score.

Survivor – These are multiple round tournaments where a percentage of players are eliminated at the end of each round. Players buy-in to the tournament with a one-off fee and there are no Add-On’s or Re-Buys offered within this tournament type. The highest placed survivor takes home the first prize.

Microgaming has also introduced three major Guaranteed Slot Tournaments: the Midweek Moolah, Weekend Whopper, and Monthly Monster. The ‘Moolah’ and the ‘Whopper’ are weekly tournaments, both offering $10k in guaranteed prizes. They will both run over three days; one during the week and the other at the weekend. The Monthly Monster is the premier event of the new schedule and is a $25k Guaranteed Tournament which runs from the final Monday of every month for seven days.

If all that wasn’t enough, Microgaming is also introducing Blackjack Attack – a new, weekly, $500 guaranteed Blackjack Tournament with multiple rounds, where the highest scoring players progress through the levels.

Mike Hebden, Head of Casino at Microgaming commented: “Microgaming is always looking for new ways to improve the casino experience and we believe that our Slot and Blackjack Tournament schedules do just that. We have delivered a number of new, smart, player focused initiatives that we are confident will meet the expectations of even the most discerning casino player and will further increase engagement and uptake from the casino community.

“Microgaming constantly strives for innovation and we will continue to analyse our casino offering and make further improvements to ensure we stay ahead of the curve as the market evolves.”

The new Tournament Schedule launched on the 6th September and will feature several of Microgaming’s market leading online slots.

For further information please contact:
Laura Moss / Karen Mignon / Duncan Skehens
Lansons Communications
020 7490 8828
LauraM@lansons.com / KarenM@lansons.com / DuncanS@lansons.com

About Microgaming (www.microgaming.com)
Since the company developed the first true online Casino software over a decade ago, it has led the industry in providing innovative, reliable gaming solutions. Thanks to an unrivalled R&D programme, that averages 60 games per year and a unique ‘partnership’ approach to working with operators;

Microgaming software powers over 160 market-leading online gaming sites.

The company’s front and back-end software supports multi-player, multi-language games – over 450 of them, all uniquely branded and provides platforms for land-based and wireless gaming.  Microgaming powers the world’s largest Progressive Jackpot Network and has paid out over €265million. In May 2009 it created the biggest ever online jackpot winner with a single payment win of €6.37m.

As a founding member of eCOGRA, Microgaming is at the forefront of an initiative focused on setting the highest standards in the gaming industry, and leads in the areas of fair gaming, responsible operator conduct and player protection.  Microgaming has been awarded eCOGRA’s Certified Software Seal following a rigorous onsite assessment to ensure that the development, implementation and maintenance of the software is representative of industry best practice standards Microgaming licensees are therefore eligible to apply for the eCOGRA Safe & Fair Seal.


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