Since Black Friday the online poker industry has been in a constant state of flux; virtually every online poker network has seen some form of turmoil whether it is room closings, absorptions, or their skins moving to a new network. The biggest shakeup has almost certainly been Lock Poker’s move to the revolution Gaming Network, spurning the Merge Gaming Network and creating a rivalry amongst the two US poker networks, and since the split both networks have seen their fare share of ups and downs.
Recently one of the better-known skins on the Merge gaming Network abruptly closed its doors: PokerView. While PokerView players had the opportunity to transfer their account balances to other skins on the network, Merge Gaming skins shuttering their doors is becoming more and more common. PokerView now joins OverBet, Iron Duke, RPM Poker and Hero Poker, not to mention the loss of Lock Poker to Revolution Gaming and Black Chip Poker to the Winning Poker Network.
Revolution is facing its own issues as well. The network and most notably Lock Poker have been plagued by slow withdrawals, a problem that seems to be getting somewhat worse. But Revolution’s issues go beyond just withdrawal times, as Adam & Eve Poker recently put the network on blast, saying they have failed to pay their skin distribution to the skin.
But this tumultuous period is not limited to the US online poker industry, poker networks with zero US presence have undergone their own metamorphoses and faced the same issues US poker networks have had to take on. The biggest change since Black Friday is what I’ve called the consolidation of power at online poker networks. The larger skins have continued to grow while the smaller rooms have been forced to close their doors or simply be absorbed by their larger cousins. In the long-run I feel this is a positive outcome for the online poker industry; no longer can poorly run skins simply rely on the poker boom and a fancy deposit bonus to pull in players; poker skins are now forced to sell themselves to a smaller, more discerning, pool of players.
The biggest change in the international online poker market in recent times was the move from Boss Media’s International Poker Network (IPN) to the OnGame Poker Network by Inter Poker. In addition to the loss of one of the oldest online poker rooms, Boss Media also saw Fortune Poker close their doors, imposing a time limit on withdrawals for their players.
And all of this is happening while the iPoker flirted with segregating their top skins and OnGame being sold to Amaya Gaming after bwin players were migrated to Party Poker, among other shakeups in the industry. Enough of these problems and continue play and have fun at the Top Online Poker Rooms now!
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