Online Poker

Merge Gaming to lose Lock Poker

by Jeremy

Since Black Friday, Merge Gaming has gained a significant amount of player traffic. In fact, they’re now the eighth largest online poker entity in the world according to PokerScout. However, this traffic looks to drop quite a bit when you consider that one of their largest skins - Lock Poker - has now announced that they’re leaving the Merge Gaming network.

As if this news isn’t big enough, Lock will also purchase Cake Poker in order to bolster their traffic. Cake is currently the 22nd biggest poker entity, which should help Lock transition into their independency.

Jennifer Larson, who is Lock Poker’s CEO, talked about the big moves by saying, “We are very excited at the prospect of driving the product, marketing and overall vision of the network. It is a dream come true.” She went on to say, “Merge was a great stepping stone for us but we have outgrown them. We really need to forge our own path to continued success. The only way to do this is to stay true to our of core philosophy: partnering with our players.”

While there could be a myriad of reasons why Lock decided to leave their former network, the chief reason probably lies with the fact that Merge Gaming canceled LockOPS. This was a 33-tournament, $2 million guaranteed event, and Merge called it off in late April.

So one big question now is where this will leave Merge Gaming since they’ve lost Lock Poker. Obviously they won’t be as big as before, but they do have a number of other quality skins such as Carbon Poker, which is the flagship site on this network. It’s also worth mentioning that Merge is one of the few places that still accepts US players, which is another help to them.

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