RedKings to Cease Poker, Betting Services on April 28
RedKings, one of the older brand names on the online gambling scene, will cease its online poker and betting services, according to a brief announcement posted by the company on its online site. The venerable RedKings, which has been in operation for over 13 years, most recently as a skin on the Microgaming Poker Network (MPN), gave its customers the news in an update on Thursday. Though RedKings will be stepping away from the poker and sports-betting sectors, its online casino offerings will remain available for the foreseeable future.
Here’s the full text of the posted statement, the only communication offered by RedKings to date:
REDKINGS POKER AND BETTING CLOSING DOWN
After nearly 13 years of shuffling cards at the tables, we regret to inform you that we are closing two of our products on RedKings (Poker and Betting).
The casino will continue as normal and your account will stay active so you will be able to access your funds to play or withdraw at any time using your same log in details.
You can also continue to play poker and finish your existing bonuses with RedKings until the 28th April, but new bonuses will no longer be issued and the monthly Chase and Point per Day promotions have now been stopped for April.
So that you may continue playing your poker at MPN, we have arranged with our friends at Betsafe to take over our popular RedKings Promotions. We will send you the details next week.
With regard to betting, please ensure all bets are settled by the 24th April.
We thank you for playing Poker and betting at RedKings and we wish you good luck in the future.
Though one of the older online-poker sites in existence, RedKings was never a particular large site, nor even among the top tier of Microgaming skins. The company was originally founded back in 2006 by a small group of online-poker players, and though it was very briefly available to players in the United States, it was targeted more to the European market and thus was able to survive through that year’s US – UIGEA market upheaval. RedKings’ online room (always a skin on a multi-site network) was actually it’s first offering; both its sportsbook and online casino came later.
RedKings was one of the few sites to survive the demise of its days at the now-defunct Ongame Network, though that network’s high rake and antiquated software impacted virtually all of its former sites. RedKings Poker finally moved to MPN in 2016 as Ongame turned off the electricity. It’s not even clear who owns RedKings these days, or if any of the company’s original founders remains with the company in an active role. Of late, the RK sites have been owned and operated by a generic, Cypress-based entity called RK Operations.
RedKings will honor its existing long-term promotions, but has terminated its short-term, month-of-April offerings. The company has also directed its customers over to fellow MPN site Betsafe, which has promised to continue the longer-term promotions to their conclusion, but its unknown if Betsafe will conduct any sort of hard migration of RedKings accounts over to Betsafe once RedKings takes its poker and betting software online.
RedKings has also yet to announce any deadlines regarding cashier availability, but given that the site’s casino will remain open, significant difficulties are not expected to occur.