Within A Week
Back in June the Merge network announced that it would be shutting its doors to new US sign-ups because of all the turmoil surrounding the poker industry in the US. But unlike major sites like PokerStars and Ultimate Bet, the Merge Network pulled out of the US by choice. Everyone involved in the situation had the original thought that this would only be a temporary move and it looks as if we were right.
Pulling out of the US came as a surprise because sites on the Merge Network were doing well in light of all the strife that other sites were facing. Unfortunately, the high traffic volume flowing to these sites created some very inconvenient delays in the payout process. And since there were payout delays of almost two weeks, the Merge Network decided it would not longer accept US players flocking to them from other sites. Now with the news of a reopening in the industry, we are hoping that payout delays no longer exist and that poker players will be satisfied.
Merge is not the biggest network around, but with the fallout of Black Friday they are being held as one of the best places to play in the US. It is reported as being the 10th biggest poker network on the internet today. Bodog is a close second to Merge with traffic volumes that are slightly smaller.
Merge plays host to great poker sites like Lock and Carbon Poker. We hope that within the week US players will be able to sign up and cash out on all Merge Network sites. In fact, Merge site Sportsbook.com started accepting players from the US again 2 days ago.