Lock Poker Leaves Merge for Revolution Gaming
If you live in the United States, you can still play poker using online casinos for USA players but your options are limited. You can play on Bovada (formerly Bodog) or Cake Poker, but the most popular network is that of Merge.
Merge may be the most popular US friendly site now, but this could change in the near future. Lock Poker, which is currently part of Merge, announced early this month that they are planning on buying the Cake Poker Network. This means that they will be leaving Merge and starting a new network with Cake. The new network will be called Revolution Gaming and will be owned by Lock Poker management.
Revolution Gaming is to go live on June 1st, which means that May 1st is the last day Lock Poker will be part of the Merge network. Players won’t find much disruption as they will just need to experience a software upgrade on May 31st.
Merge Poker will likely experience a significant traffic downgrade as Lock Poker currently accounts for 40% of their player base. At the same time, the Cake Poker download will experience a significant traffic upgrade due to this move.
Cake Poker used to be one of the biggest American poker sites, but Black Friday changed everything. Because they had such bad cashier problems, people left the site in favor of Lock Poker and the Carbon Poker download. Hopefully the move to the new network will change things, however. Since the new network is launched on June 1st, we will probably hear more details on the move soon.