December 21,2012 : HERO POKER DEPARTS MERGE NETWORK
Players absorbed by network flagships
Lengthy posts on the twoplustwo poker message board this week heralded the departure of Hero Poker from the Merge Poker Network, migrating its players to one of the flagship sites on the network.
However, Hero Poker CEO David Jung, who is believed to operate out of Asia, indicated that he may start up another poker site in 2013, presumably on an alternative network.
Hero did not accept US action.
In a lengthy post explaining his decision to close on December 20, Jung assured players that their funds were secure, and their migration to another Merge site would be "relatively painless."
"In terms of player VIP points and coupons, I have received confirmation that VIP point balances and tournament tickets will be transferred to your new accounts," he advised.
"You do not need the client to get access to your funds as you will be able to transfer your account via a weblink, which I will be posting once the client has been disabled tonight. But for those with the client, they will be prompted with a message screen to that effect."
Jung opined that given the current business environment, his decision would be the best for the players.
"I do want to thank the Merge gaming management for making this transition as smooth as possible as it has been clear that it has been both Hero's and Merge's priority to ensure that the players are well taken care of," Jung wrote, promising to remain active on the message board.
"I expect to do a full update within in the next couple of days on where Hero is going, but for the moment, I'd like to focus on ensuring that our existing players are able to transition properly," he wrote.
"While I'll save my own personal statement on all of this later, again, I'd like to be clear about 2 things right now. Simply put, Hero and Merge weren't going the same direction any longer and it just didn't make sense on both sides to continue."
Later, Jung again posted, noting:
"Hero Poker will be relaunching on a new network for early 2013, but it was decided that this was the best course of action for existing players to enjoy the full tournament MTT guarantees and more payment processing options."