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Merge Gaming's FeltStars Shuts Down

Players are assured that their funds are safe and are instructed to open an account at another Merge poker room in order to facilitate a transfer of funds. Should players already have an account at another Merge skin, an email to the network with that information will allow a balance transfer to commence. There are some 70 skins to choose from among such sites as Carbon Poker, Iron Duke and Gutshot.

“The entire FeltStars Team would like thank all of our loyal players for all the years you have played poker on FeltStars,” a message on the home page of the FeltStars website declares. “We are saddened to announce that we will be leaving online poker and no longer offer these services on our website.”

The sudden FeltStars departure from the online poker industry comes without a reason for the shut down and follows Cake Poker’s recent closing and transferring players to Juicy Stakes Poker on the Revolution Gaming Network. Both Merge and Revolution still accept players from the U.S. Whether that has an impact on the poker room shutdowns is certainly a matter of speculation.

Revolution Gaming is 11th in worldwide player traffic but is currently the top-ranked network in player traffic among those allowing U.S. players, according to the latest PokerScout results. Bodog and Merge are ranked 12th and 13th, respectively, and both permit U.S. players.

Online poker options for Americans continue to dwindle and those players who have not moved overseas in order to play at more popular sites with greater liquidity and perhaps greater peace of mind in regards to safety of fundsand out of the reach of the U.S. Department of Justiceare anxiously waiting for Internet poker legislation to become a reality in the U.S. Nevada is in line to be first to offer online poker on an intrastate format sometime this fall. Prospects for legislation on the federal level look dismal for 2012 with lawmakers focused on the November elections.

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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.