Despite repeated warnings from the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) and players themselves who are owed almost $1 million (at last count), Lock Poker has seen traffic increase slightly better than 14% as of late.
That boost represents only about five players, as the latest tallies from PokerScout show a seven-day average of 40 cash players at Lock, up from 35 previously. As far as many are concerned, any increase is reason to worry because Lock Poker continues to shirk its responsibility of paying players, a number of whom who have waited in excess of one year.
For those who continue to play at Lock Poker and may be unaware of the risk involved, the PPA issued a statement about two months ago warning of the danger of depositing, perhaps winning or earning a deposit bonus, and never being paid. Here is that statement:
Due to continued nonpayment of player funds by Lock Poker, along with their refusal to respond to inquires by PPA, PPA has shared with the Department of Justice player concerns regarding this site. We did this in person during regular meetings on ongoing Full Tilt Poker remission. In the meantime, we warn extreme caution when depositing on Lock Poker. We also strongly warn affiliates to remove Lock Poker ads and positive reviews.”
In April, the PPA sent a letter to Lock management, requesting an open dialogue with regard to outstanding funds owed to players. No response was ever offered, the lack of transparency obviously showing that Lock Poker is not a site where your funds are safe.
At this point, Lock has become and remains the poster child for regulated online poker in the U.S. Without regulation, player funds can never truly be safe.