Lock Poker's jump from the Merge Gaming Network to launch the Revolution Gaming Network following the purchase of the Cake Network is now official, with much fanfare surrounding a massive 200% deposit bonus up to $4,000 that has multi-tablers salivating at the potential bankroll boost.
The deposit bonus is available to new and existing Lock players. In addition, other promotional advantages for players tied in with the Revolution launching include an industry-leading 36% rakeback, Battle of the Ronin $1 million rake chase for the month of June, and a player loyalty VIP program that can earn the highest-tiered players up to 19% more rakeback.
Lock is also planning an opening weekend of massive tournaments. Two scheduled events include a $75,000 superstack tourney and a $100,000 guaranteed tournament. Lock Poker pros Annette Obrestad and Chris Moorman will be hosting one of the tournaments, while Matt Stout and Melanie Weisner will do the honors in the other.
Lock Poker players who logged on have reported being prompted to re-download the software and then completing the log on procedures by entering existing passwords and email addresses. Another prompt then asks players to select a user name. The same name can be used if a Cake Poker player has not already registered with that screen name. The graphics appear to be a mixture of Lock and Cake features.
As anticipated, Lock's launching of the new network has already impacted the market share among networks that still accept U.S. players. As of this writing, Revolution Gaming has 1,362 cash players logged in, which is more than double its 7-day average of 590, according to PokerScout tabulations. Merge has 1,466 cash players at the moment, down slightly from its 7-day average of 1,580.
Hoping not to lose too many players to the new Revolution Network, Merge has re-instituted 35% rakeback to players, as well as offering a $100,000 rake race, $750 deposit bonus, an exclusive $5,000 freeroll, and a VIP points for cash format. Time will tell the full effect that the new Revolution Gaming Network will have on market share among U.S-friendly poker rooms.