February 11, 2010 (CAP PR Wire) — Microgaming (www.microgaming.com), the power behind the Microgaming Poker Network (MPN), and the world’s largest provider of online gaming software, today announces the launch of Balkanbet Poker on the Microgaming Poker Network.

Balkanbet Limited (Balkanbet Group), incorporated and licensed in Malta, is a company with twenty years experience in land-based casino and betting operations within the EU. The company’s move in adopting Microgaming software will serve to expand their online offering and capitalise further on the significant growth potential that the Balkan gaming markets provide.

Martin Simeonov, CEO, Balkanbet Limited comments: “The development of our online offering is a key part of our growth strategy. With Microgaming on board, we are able to deliver a market-leading product offering to our existing sportsbook players, which is completely integrated into their platform. This partnership will enable us to cement our position as a key player in the Balkans online gaming market.”

Roger Raatgever, CEO, Microgaming Software Systems, the power behind the Microgaming Poker Network added: “We are delighted to be welcoming Balkanbet to the Microgaming Poker Network.  With a focus on the Balkan region, the addition of Balkanbet to the network allows us to expand our reach into this dynamic market.  Poker players in the region will have access to a world class Poker platform through an operator that is specifically tailored to their needs.  We look forward to a long and successful partnership with Balkanbet.”

This latest announcement comes hot on the heels of Microgaming introducing a number of innovative changes to its Poker offering, including the adoption of the Weighted Contribution method of rake calculation, changes to its Multi-Table Tournament Schedule and the introduction of measures designed to prevent datamining on the network.

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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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