Merge June Promotions Preview – Carbon Poker’s Race For Riches

A heads-up on an awesome promotion at the US friendly Merge Poker network starting in June. I have said before that the promos at Carbon Poker were always innovative, and they continue to prove me right to the tune of $100,000 extra in June!

You can get yourself ready for ‘Race For Riches’ now, with the help of my reader special of a 150% matched bonus + free $11 SNG entry token (claim with our coupon code PBKLUB). Click here to check out the details at Carbon, or see the article below!
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Merge Poker Network Deposit Methods Update

The Merge Poker Network have been at the forefront of innovative deposit methods for some time, phonecards, eWallets and vouchers sitting alongside the ‘traditional’ methods like credit cards and cash transfers. Today we bring you news that one method has gone (maybe temporarily) and another has been added at Merge’s flagship site, Carbon Poker.

First, eWalletXpress has been removed from the list of Carbon Poker deposit options. As one of the few ‘electronic wallets’ open to US players this will be a big loss. Carbon Poker are not ruling out re-introducing this method should it become a viable option for US players again in the future. We will of course keep an eye on future electronic wallet activity and let Poker Bonus Network readers know if new ones become available again or existing brands decide to start allowing gambling transactions for US customers.

Some good news: Carbon on the Merge Poker Network have introduced a brand new system called ‘My Voucher’. This is a great system where you simply buy a voucher between $10 and $500 with your credit card – then spend the voucher to deposit that amount of money into your account. As an extra incentive, Carbon players depositing with bonus (coupon) code MY20 will receive an additional bonus of 20% of the deposit amount.

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Carbon Poker also support USeChecks as a deposit method – this is just like writing an old paper check, only electronic. There is a 10% extra bonus for this method too – see the Carbon Poker website for more.

We will be keeping a close eye on the situation for US deposits at a time when this becomes more and more of a problem. For comprehensive information you could also check out the Poker Deposit Methods pages over at SNG Planet.

Poker Networks Accepting Players From Washington State

More unwelcome news for players in Washington State over the weekend, as Full Tilt Poker became the second major site to stop accepting players on legal grounds. Pokerstars were the first, having pulled out at the end of September. Players on both sites can still arrange cash-outs and can redeem any loyalty points earned.

There is some good news, several poker networks are happy to continue accepting Washington players. Here we list the biggest and best of the online poker networks which are still available in this state.

Washington State Poker Networks

#1 – Cereus Poker Network: The largest US network remaining is Cereus, which comprises and Absolute Poker. With 17,000+ players at peak times there are plenty of games to choose from at Cereus – and also some generous bonuses, both for your first deposit and ongoing loyalty schemes.

I recommend Absolute Poker, where you can claim a 150% matched sign-up bonus with bonus code SNGPLANET – check out Absolute Poker for yourself now!

#2 – Cake Poker Network: Famed for having some of the best player loyalty schemes online in the form of their gold card and gold chip promos, Cake Poker Network are a great mid-sized network with some juicy games and are still open to players in Washington. One great feature of this network is that they do not allow tools, such as those that display statistics on your opponents tendencies on the screen. This keeps a good number of multi-tabling grinders away – making the games more recreational, and thus more profitable for the average player.

My pick on this network is the flagship site, Cake Poker. This is a professionally run outfit with some great promos and I believe it will be one to watch in 2011. You can claim a 110% matched bonus here with code = PBKLUB. Check out the Washington State friendly poker site Cake Poker Now!

#3 – Merge Poker Network: This network recently had a boost from Sportsbook and Players Only Poker defecting from Cake. There are two key reasons why Washington players might consider this site, firstly the great software (which includes animations that players can trigger at the tables), second the soft games.

With a huge 200% matched bonus + free $11 SNG token with our bonus code PBKLUB I have to recommend the flagship site on this network – Carbon Poker.

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Remember to bookmark The Poker Bonus Network today – we will bring you the news and information on all of the biggest poker networks and stand alone poker sites, from the perspective of the players.

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New Super Turbo + 6-Max Sit N Goes On The Merge Poker Network

News for SNG fans today, as the Merge Poker Network add a raft of new games and buy-in levels to their Sit N Go offerings. For those who have not yet discovered those soft games at Merge (I recommend Carbon Poker there), you will already find a great selection of SNGs there – focused on the lower to mid levels, with bounty knockout games and a selection of speeds and sizes. If you need another reason to check them out – how about a free entry to a $10 Sit N Go of your choice? Deposit is required for this, we will add it as a bonus on top of the 200% match you get with our coupon code PBKLUB , check out Carbon Poker now to claim yours!

One main change with the Sit N Goes is the addition of Super-Turbo games. These are seriously fast, 3 minute blind levels might sound fairly normal, it is when you find out that blinds start at 100 and 50 and chipstacks start at 1000 chips that you start to understand that a good push-fold game and a certain element of fearlessness are required for these games. All the games on the Merge Network can be considered soft – I honestly expect these ones to be even softer!

Next up is a nice increase in the 6-max sit n goes, Merge are expanding the number of buy-in levels at turbo and non-turbo speeds. I will list the new additions below as this is clearer than writing about each one individually.

Real Money – 6 player Sit N Goes

Gibbon Room $200+$15
Heron Room $300 + $20
Timber Wolf Room $400 + $22

Real money – 6 player Turbo Sit N Goes

Lynx Room $110+$9
Raven Room $180+$14
Swordfish Room $220 + $15
Peregrine Room $330 + $30

Real Money – 6 player Super Turbo Sit N Goes

Hummingbird $5 + $0.30
Swift $10 + $0.50
Hare $20 + $0.90
Greyhound $35 + $1.50
Coyote $50 + $2
Gazelle $100 + $3.70
Sailfish $209 + $7
Marlin $350 + $10
KillerWhale $500 + $12

My question is whether the fishiness of the games will match up with the names!

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