Where Can I Play Private Online Poker Games in 2013?

Playing online poker games privately with the friends of your choice can be done at several sites in 2013. These can be either cash games or tournaments (including SNGs) and are normally handled by setting up a game with a password and simply distributing this to those you would like to play with. You can choose the blind levels (for cash) or buy-in amounts and also the type of game(s) to play. Continue reading

Upcoming US Online Poker Tournaments

Some big tournaments coming up for US readers. Here is a run-down of some cool happenings at Carbon Poker, America’s Cardroom and Lock Poker. With tournaments getting bigger and better at the US friendly poker networks, I’m starting to wonder whether we will see a Million guaranteed some time in 2013??

I’ll start this post with the cool looking Turbo-Ops at Carbon Poker, then cover the ISPT at Lock and finally a big buy-in one-off event at America’s Cardroom. Continue reading

Merge Stopping Rakeback – Is The Rakeback Model Dead?

Some big news just in from the US-friendly Merge Poker Network today. Rakeback deals will stop at the end of this month, with all players being transferred to the VIP club instead.

It will largely depend on what stakes and how much volume people play to see how their returns are affected. Since the VIP club it tiered the lowest value and volume players who previously had rakeback will have to settle for lower returns than their current 35% flat rate. For the higher volume small stakes players things could well end up as around equal… yet the highest value and volume players who reach the top tier could easily see their returns up to 45% – a solid increase. Continue reading

US Poker Promotions Roundup Jan 2013

2013 is starting well for US online poker fans. Carbon (Merge Network) have all but completed their cashier move and deposits are flowing again. The success story of 2012, Lock Poker, continues to benefit all players and have a really cool promo in the form of their ‘Big Chase’.

This post is a rundown of the latest news and promotions at US poker sites in January 2013. Continue reading

Merge Network Problems Mount As Skins Exit

Evidence is mounting that all is not well with the Merge Poker network and its flagship site Carbon Poker. Problems started a few months ago with major cashier issues affecting deposits for US players, and have continued with the high profile exit of 3 skins from their network and some problems reaching guarantees of their poker tournament event – Poker Maximus.

This post brings you the latest in an ongoing story. I’ll also highlight a much safer option for US players at the end – in the form of Lock Poker and the Revolution Gaming Network. Continue reading

Merge Poker Network Carbon Poker Review

Carbon Poker are the leading site on the number 1 US friendly network – Merge. There are a lot of things to like about this site, including great software and games + some big incentives!

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Poker Maximus III Announced On The US Friendly Merge Network

Great news for US based tournament fans, Poker Maximus is coming back on the cool Merge Network – and it is bigger and better than ever!

Carbon Poker (the flagship site on Merge) have just released the schedule which contains 35 events and a total guaranteed prize pool of $1,400,000. I’ll outline the details for you below, first up a quick reminder of my exclusive reader offer – 150% matched welcome bonus (usually 100%) + a free $11 SNG entry token… all you need is to register with coupon code PBKLUB at the awesome Carbon Poker!

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Great Merge Poker Network Offers For October At Carbon Poker

With the current confusion over who is taking players from which country over on the Revolution Poker Network, you will be relieved to hear that Merge (well, their biggest site Carbon Poker) are looking forward to big list of October poker promotions for both their US and worldwide players.

I’ll go through the key offers below, which includes a HUGE reload bonus, freerolls and some really cool promotions. If you are new to this blog then my exclusive reader offer might be news to you too (150% bonus, rather than the usual 100% + a free $11 SNG entry token). Continue reading