Lock Poker, who in the past had prominently featured its sponsored pros via a tab on the website homepage, quietly removed the tab and has apparently also removed itself from pro sponsorship affiliations.
No press releases were issued by Lock, but that is not surprising in light of the considerable bad press that Lock has received in recent months. Most of the negativity pertains to the fact that almost 300 players have been waiting a long time for cashouts that total more than $800,000, according to a 2 + 2 thread devoted to keeping a running total.
The U.S.-friendly poker room broke away from the Revolution Gaming Network in late October and announced that “many exciting changes” were on the way as the standalone site underwent a transition “away from the network model.” The split was far from amicable, as plenty of finger-pointing between Lock and Revolution did nothing to enhance the image of online poker.
The Lock Poker website promised “A New Beginning” and labeled itself Lock Poker 2.0. Almost three months later, that new beginning finds Lock averaging an estimated 45 cash players, according to PokerScout. Whether the omission of pro sponsor representation is indicative of what may lie ahead remains to be seen.
What has been seen were the departures of several big name pro players such as Chris Moorman and Michael Mizrachi. Both left Lock last year, obviously not wanting to be affiliated with a site that was way behind on cashouts despite promising a two-month maximum turnaround time on withdrawal requests.