Lock Poker, widely known as a U.S.-facing poker site in which withdrawal requests have been languishing and repeated empty promises from customer support that those cashouts are on their way to players, has seen its cash game player traffic decline by 15%.
One would like to believe that the decrease in player traffic indicates that the word is out on the unreliability of Lock Poker and that player numbers will continue to decrease. However, recreational players often do not keep up with news or updates made available through the poker media and may unwittingly fall victim to what many players who have yet to be paid are calling an undeniable scam.
For those players who may be playing on Lock Poker and perhaps have not yet heard, a list exists of hundreds of players with withdrawal requests totaling in the neighborhood of $1 million and seemingly long-forgotten by Lock management. The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) sent a letter to Lock representatives in April asking for answers to the delay and none have been forthcoming.
New Lock Deposit Bonus Laughable
The Lock Poker site continues to promote the advantages of playing there and began a new rake chase promotion on Oct. 1 entitled “BATTLE-X.” Players who deposit using that title as a bonus code are promised a “200% deposit bonus, up to $1,000, redeemable up to 6 times!”
Bonuses of that magnitude (6 times) are practically unheard of in the online poker industry and should likely serve as a warning to players that things are not on the up and up at Lock Poker. The odds are good that seeing that bonus in the form of an eventual cashout are remote, as attested to by a long line of former Lock players who do not hold back their frustration and anger by venting on a thread at 2 + 2 entitled “Lock Poker Payout Scam.”
Regulation Needed in U.S.
It’s poker rooms such as Lock Poker that point to the need for regulated online poker in the U.S. Players who deposit at unregulated sites and fail to receive their rightful withdrawals have practically no recourse when dealing with offshore poker sites.
The push for regulation continues in the U.S. behind the efforts of organizations such as the PPA and the Coalition for Consumer and Online Protection. In the meantime, information about the dangers of depositing and playing at sites such as Lock Poker must be spread and made available to potential depositors who may be unaware of the risks involved.