Optimus Poker, a Merge Network skin, has announced that it has ceased to exist as of May 8, 2013.
The website operated under the domain OptimusPoker.eu and boasted a small customer base for the struggling United States facing network. The website operator has assured players that funds are secure and that these funds will be available for play on the Merge Gaming Network. Furthermore, the Merge Gaming Network has encouraged players to transfer to one of the flagship websites such as Carbon Poker.
The shutdown of Optimus Poker is the latest casualty in a string of losses for the Merge Gaming Network. Recently, popular sites such as Hero Poker and RPM have closed business after a relatively successful run on the Merge Network. The reasons for the shutdown of these sites have not been specified.
The Merge Gaming Network has seemingly decided to trim its business in order to facilitate easier withdrawals and minimal complications in the United States black market. It has decided to cut its rakeback program and has lost several skins in favor of flagship sites like Carbon Poker. Recently, the network has decided to increase rake for its big bet games.