RPM Poker on the Merge Gaming Network has shut its virtual doors and instructed players to transfer their funds to another skin on the network.
An initial email from Merge officials was sent to players stating, “We are writing to inform you that RPM Poker recently transferred to Merge Gaming Limited certain assets which form part of the RPM Poker brand. As a result, RPM Poker will cease to operate RPM Poker.com as of 5:00 p.m. (EST) on December 14, 2012.”
Players concerned about the safety of their funds were advised that, “Your player funds are secure and you will have access to your funds and the ability to play on the Merge Network. All player funds will continue to be managed by Merge Gaming in the usual course.”
RPM players knew that not all was hunky-dory at the skin earlier this month when RPM, Hero Poker and Black Chip Poker all bowed out of participating in the Poker Maximus III online tournament series on Merge. Black Chip Poker has since migrated to the Winning Poker Network. The fate of Hero Poker remains undetermined.
A later notification received by RPM Poker players advised that “RPM Poker has been purchased by a third party. Your funds are safe and you will be playing poker shortly. If you have another account on the Merge network, please advise firstname.lastname@example.org and we will have your RPM Poker balance moved there.”
Those players without an account elsewhere on Merge were recommended to choose another Merge skin such as PlayersOnly, Sportsbook.com, or the network’s flagship room, Carbon Poker.
Yet another missive directed to RPM players via Merge Gaming assured that, “As soon as your balance is transferred to the desired account we will take care of your VIP points, coupons and rakeback.”
Merge has undergone an extensive upheaval in recent months that included a number of skins either shutting down or jumping ship. The network currently sits third in player traffic among U.S.-friendly online poker networks and 19th overall, according to PokerScout.