Online poker players in the USA who were looking for a new home after Black Friday flocked to the Merge Gaming Network and signed up in droves with Carbon Poker. Defying the Department of Justice’s (DoJ) recent crackdown antics, Carbon Poker remained open to US players until a couple of months ago when they temporarily blocked new US player sign-ups. But now, they are opening their doors to Americans once again, much to the delight of online poker players residing in the US.
After Black Friday, Carbon Poker became the largest poker room online to accept new US sign-ups. With a surge in new players of over 75% however came big headaches. Merge Gaming, Carbon Poker’s home base, found their software and support team were not equipped to handle the load and had to cease new sign-ups in order to implement some changes.
As traffic growth on the network swelled in late April and early May, Carbon Poker (along with the other Merge skins) was forced to put a halt to new US sign-ups on June 2, 2011 in order to revamp their internal operations to handle their sudden mammoth player base more efficiently. Players worldwide who had already signed up at Carbon Poker prior to June 2nd could still play and were not affected as the improvements took place.
The biggest change online players will notice is the change in domain names. Prior to their revamping stage, Merge Gaming changed all of their sites from .com to .ag extensions. That name change may help protect Merge if the DoJ ever targets the company due to a new law recently passed in the US which allows law enforcement to seize .com and .net domain names (which are US based extensions) if they are found to be in violation of US laws.
One welcome change players hope to see at Merge is a quicker response time from support and faster cash outs. Before the temporary US player block, withdrawals at Carbon Poker were reported to take up to six weeks as the poker room tried to keep up with demand and support was very slow due to the backlog.
Before Black Friday, players had more patience waiting for their withdrawals, but post-Black Friday, many players are leery and want a faster processing time to quell their fears. It should be noted however that no matter how long players had to wait to receive their money, there have been no reports of Carbon Poker not paying up.
Recently Sportsbook.ag reopened to new US players and reports state that Merge Gaming will also finally be reopening their other sites including Carbon Poker to the US market this week. New US players who sign up at Merge Gaming after the reopening however will not be eligible to receive rakeback on the network as that promotion ended for new players on June 1st. But new players will be able to take advantage of Carbon Poker's excellent VIP program and other promotions such as: the $10,000 Sit n Go Leaderboard Rake Race; the $20,000 Tourney King Leaderboard Race; and the huge Progressive Jackpot games.
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