Effective 1st January, 2013, Merge Gaming Network has been implementing a 90 day “use by” date on tournament coupons won on lower stake buy-in tables and promotional freerolls. This has caused a significant uproar in the poker scene.
Those who had already won tournament coupons in 2012 will be allowed to use them for 90 days in 2013. In effect, they should use them up before 31st March, 2013. This move is being heavily criticized by many poker fans in poker forums and other poker circles.
With this unpopular move, the Merge Poker network risks another loss in their already dented traffic. This comes merely weeks after Black Chip Poker left Merge for Winning Poker Network, leaving a significant dent in Merge Gaming’s traffic statistics.
Why The “Use By” Date
According to Merge Gaming, there are many who are not using their tournament coupons, leading to overlays in higher buy-in tournaments. Contributors of different poker forums quickly expressed their dissatisfaction at the news.
The expiry date comes on the back of MTT schedule changes that have caused slashes in tournament guarantees. There is bias that the schedule is putting more focus on re-buy and turbo events at peak times.
The network is aware of the fact that the use of outstanding coupons can increase liquidity in online poker tournaments that are hosted at other poker rooms such as PokerView and Carbon Poker.
Some Good News
The December departure of Black Chip Poker from Merge Gaming made it harder for players to redeem tournament coupons during off-peak hours. Regardless of the changes that have taken place in Merge over the last few weeks, there is still some good news for players on the network’s skin.
Poker Maximus IV is coming up in February. This provides a great avenue for players to cash in their coupons. There is a Poker Minimus Series that is being discussed for players who have lower value tournament coupons. We will give you the news immediately when the dates to these events are confirmed. Meanwhile, poker players hope that there will be more good news coming in from Merge as the New Year progresses.
Carbon Poker Starts Off the Race to Generous New Year Promotions
Carbon Poker is the first poker room to announce a new series of promotions for the New Year, 2013. This is expected to trigger the same reaction from other poker sites. The main aim of these fresh promotions is to encourage people to deposit more as they make other arrangements for the New Year.
Carbon Poker Reload Bonus
Players with an existing Carbon Poker account are automatically eligible for a 50% up to $250 reload bonus. These will apply to deposits made between today and January 18th midnight. To activate this offer, you simply need to use Carbon Poker bonus code 2013PK.
Poker Maximus Freeroll Giveaway
The Poker Maximus IV series is coming soon at an undisclosed date. Sources state that it will most likely be held by the end of February. Carbon Poker is also being generous for this end and is offering 500 Poker Maximus tournament coupons as a giveaway for its players. The values for the coupons range from $11 to $530. The freeroll tournament for these is set to be held on Sunday 27th January. The top 500 finishers will get the coupons to Poker Maximus IV.
Qualifying for the freeroll is simple. All you need to do is accumulate 50 VIP points before January 27th. For every $1 spent on cash tables or tournament fees, Carbon Poker will award 10 VIP points. Players therefore need to pay $5 in rake for them to qualify.
First Deposit Bonus
New users are not left out; they still stand a chance of earning a whopping 200% up to $5,000 deposit bonus when signing up to the site.
Micro-stakes players are also included in the massive New Year promotions. This is through “Two-A-Days” where players earn 2 VIP points from Carbon Poker daily for one calendar month. This will then grant them access to the $1,000 freeroll tournament that will be hosted on the second Saturday of the next calendar month. This promotion has to be activated through a player’s admin page.
Free Seat Giveaway
“Free Seats to Sunday Big Ticket” is still on. This enables players with more than 100 VIP points within a given week to play in a freeroll tournament on the next Saturday. The top 100 places get a $109 coupon that grants access to the $100,000 Guaranteed Sunday Big Ticket.
Other promotions such as the SNG leaderboard and Tourney King are still on. Additionally, their Double VIP points offer has been extended. To keep in step with their promotions, make sure you frequently check out the “Promotions” page in their website. These promotions are a great way for new and veteran Carbon Poker players to start the New Year.