RakeTheRake is reporting at Two Plus Two that Merge Gaming will be ending rakeback for new players on June 1, 2011. Rumors about this had been flying since Black Friday. Just a few days ago Merge Gaming skins Sportsbook.com and PlayersOnly stopped accepting U.S. players. I feel both of these are in reaction to the massive migration of players from formerly U.S. friendly online poker rooms like PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Cereus. This is causing growing pains for all Merge Gaming skins as they try to process all of the new player deposits and handle the spike is support requests.
For the next month or so players can still get 35% rakeback on Carbon Poker, RPM Poker and Overbet until June 1st. Each of these poker rooms also have a great VIP Program and some of the best promotions in the online poker industry. Players that sign up before June 1st will be grandfathered in and will continue to get rakeback after June 1st. At that point I believe there will be a VIP Program for new signups that will take the place of the current rakeback program.
Keep in mind that you can only get Merge Gaming rakeback on one skin so do your research to make sure that you are choosing the right one. RPM Poker has the best promotions overall but all Merge Gaming skins have great promotions and U.S. friendly deposit and cashout options.