The Revolution Begins
Wednesday, May 30th 2012 7:50 pm
So I'm sure you all know by now about Lock Poker leaving the Merge network to take over the Cake network. The new network will be called Revolution Gaming and is scheduled to open up June 1. Every time there is some major (or minor) change to the poker landscape, it seems like the poker forums are filled with those ticked off about the changes. I've never really understood why a good winning player wouldn't be more open to change in most cases. I can remember when Party Poker scrapped the 10 hands per level in SNGs and went to timed levels. At the same time, they introduced turbos and regulars. The outcry on the poker forums was out of control. I admit I liked the set number of hands per level and still do (stalling becomes obsolete). But I welcomed the change figuring I could adapt quicker than my opponents. I made turbos my regular game and had almost an identical ROI as I did before. But the games were a little faster, thus making me more $/hour.
In fact, other than Party and then Full Tilt/Stars leaving the U.S., I can't think of any significant online poker changes that adversely affected me too much. I'm not saying all change is automatically good, but in some cases we should reserve judgment. In the Lock/Merge case, we'll just have to wait and see what Revolution and Merge look like after the dust settles. I was surprised to see that 40% of Merge belonged to Lock, but I doubt Merge's traffic will decrease by that much since many players have accounts on multiple Merge skins or can open another up once Lock is gone from Merge. But that's just the thing. I don't think anyone can accurately forecast what this will do to the online poker scene. My thinking is that the current situation stinks and a shakeup like this can't hurt. I'm hopeful that Lock can breathe some life into the Cake network. And I'm hopeful that this will light a fire under Merge, who seems to have picked up most of the post Black Friday market share, but have done little to improve things for the players.
At the end of the day, it will should still be about the same kind of shark/fish ratios across both networks. But maybe some real competition will make things a touch better for the players.
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