It has been less than a year since Sportsbook.com and PlayersOnly left the Cake Poker Network and moved to Merge Gaming. With the help of that merger, other network additions and the natural growth from the higher player base, Merge Gaming is up over 300% from a year ago.
While PlayersOnly and Sportsbook.com moving to Merge Gaming helped with the original growth the commitment of several skins to attracting players, retaining players and being open to communication with players and affiliates in such places and Poker Affiliate Listings and Two Plus Two have helped to continue the growth. Management and spokesmen for Carbon Poker, RPM Poker and PlayersOnly are dedicated to getting their name and their promotions out there.
Merge Gaming is now the fourth largest U.S. friendly poker room/network. They are about half the size of scandal plagued Cereus. My hopes are that Merge Gaming can catch up to Cereus to overtake the #3 spot. With better software, an improved VIP Program, better rakeback, better reputation, bad beat jackpots and better support I see that happening sooner rather than later.