Black Chip Poker – one of the leading skins on the Merge Gaming network – has announced it is moving to the Winning Poker Network on Monday 3rd December.
After days of speculation that Black Chip Poker would be looking for another home following the site´s withdrawal from Merge Gaming´s Poker Maximus III Series, the announcement that the site was moving came as little surprise to many.
The choice of destination also raised few eyebrows, as the Winning Poker Network has a reputation for reliability and allows the player to player (P2P) transfers which were recently halted on the Merge Gaming network.
The Black Chip Poker Press Release
The announcement, which was jointly released by Black Chip Poker, the Winning Poker Network and Merge Gaming confirmed that
All active Black Chip Poker players and their account balances, as of Moving Day, will be accessible as of the next day through the new Black Chip Poker presence on the Winning Poker Network. Black Chip Poker players will have their client seamlessly upgrade on Monday after it closes on Merge Gaming.
The press release concluded with
thanking Merge Gaming for the opportunity to establish and grow Black Chip Poker as a premier brand for serious poker players. The move to the Winning Poker Network, and WPN’s welcome for the Black Chip Poker players, brand and management team, foresees continued provision to its players of a favorable poker climate and play experience.
What it will Mean to Black Chip Poker Players
In addition to allowing P2P transfers, players on Black Chip Poker will be able to obtain faster withdrawals (US poker players will have the option of Western Union, debit card and check) and carry forward their existing rakeback arrangements. New players registering an account with Black Chip Poker will qualify for a rakeback rate of 27%.
Once the Black Chip Poker migration is completed (scheduled for 3.00am server time /8.00GMT on Monday) a new software update will go ahead for all sites on the Winning Poker network – including America´s Cardroom, BetCRIS and True Poker – which will enhance the existing playability of the Winning Poker software. Sadly, this does not include the introduction of a Mac compatible client, but a Mac download for Black Chip Poker is being made one of the priorities for the growing network.
Players who have pending cashouts will be advised by email on Monday when and how their cashouts will be processed, but all players on Black Chip Poker will have to verify their accounts once again. Despite Black Chip Poker´s excellent reputation for customer service, some players may experience a delay of several days before the verification process is complete.
At this stage we don’t know if the bonus code will change or not. Our Black Chip Poker review will be updated the moment we have all the details to reflect the current situation.