Merge has "emerged" as the biggest US friendly network in the wake of Black Friday, with Carbon Poker in particular a big draw for all those disenfranchised by the US closure of the "Big 3". With over 20 poker rooms in the network Merge is one of the biggest networks in the world.
The network itself is run from Australia but the individual skins based all around the world. The most famous skins on the network are currently BlackChipPoker, CarbonPoker, Aced and RPMPoker.
Merge Network Traffic
With thousands of players online at anyone time and peak cash game traffic between 2000-3000 there is always a game to be found on the Merge network. The network is currently on 4th place in terms of player traffic among all of the open poker networks.
Merge Network Bonuses
Merge sites all offer VIP programmes where points are earned in every hand you are in once the flop is dealt. Points are earned in both cash games and tournaments at a rate of 10 points per $1 raked. Points can generally be exchanged for cash, reward, tournaments entry or to unlock sign up bonuses. The different rooms all do it differently, so it is recommended to check it out before joining.
Merge Network Rakeback
Some, if not all Merge sites offer rakeback - the rate is capped at a very competitive 35%, paid daily. However, generally those participating in rakeback schemes are then ineligible for VIP reward programmes.
Merge Network game variants and stakes
As you would expect on a major poker network pretty much all the chief variants of poker are available in cash game format including Hold'Em, Omaha, Omaha Hi Low, Stud, Draw and H.O.R.S.E. You can play from micro stakes up to high stakes.
There are also an abundance of STT and MTT's including guaranteed MTT's, bounty tourneys, shootouts, satellites to online and live tourneys and freerolls.
The software at Merge is both mac and pc compatible and the Merge client has a customisable login screen. The screen layout is sleek and easily navigable on the Merge network with a user friendly player lobby.