The online poker site PokerView – which once offered the option of playing poker via a web cam – has announced that it is to close with immediate effect.
PokerView is the latest US-facing Merge Gaming skin to close its doors after the shut down of RPM Poker, Hero Poker, Overbet and Iron Duke earlier this year. A message appearing on the PokerView poker client from today (April 2) announces:-
Valued PokerView player,
PokerView has been purchased by a third party. Your funds are safe and you will be playing poker shortly. Please choose a Merge preferred partner and follow the steps outlined in the link below:
See you at the tables!
Like its predecessors, the only option for former PokerView players to access their poker bankrolls is to create an account with a Merge Gaming “preferred partner” (Sportsbook.com, PlayersOnly or Carbon Poker) which will enable them to transfer their PokerView balances to the new account – but any VIP Points, “Get Paid to Play” Levels or outstanding PokerView Welcome Bonus will not be carried forward.
PokerView players who already have an existing account with one of these three Merge Gaming poker sites can transfer their outstanding bankrolls by emailing email@example.com.
The Short History of PokerView
When PokerView launched in February 2011, it was not the first online poker site to offer live webcam poker – that accolade goes to PlayWinPoker in 2007 – but it was the first to be associated with a mainstream poker network – Everleaf.
The size of the Everleaf Gaming Network only generated a limited interest in playing poker via web cam and – in September 2011 – PokerView moved to the Merge Gaming Network in search of a larger database of players.
At the time of the move, skins on the Merge Gaming network were temporarily not accepting new registrations from the US and, because existing US-based PokerView players would be “grandfathered” into the Merge Gaming network, PokerView saw a massive increase in traffic.
However, due to Merge Gaming´s software being unable to support the PokerView webcam function, interest in the site began to deteriorate once Merge Gaming´s hiatus on US poker player registrations ended in October 2011
Promises of a new PokerView API which would provide a better streaming service for Windows and Mac (not previously available on Everleaf) failed to materialize and webcam games on PokerView were never seen again.
Now it seems they never will be.