1/24/10 – Player communication, or the lack thereof, was a criticism levelled at companies involved in an online poker merger this week.
Everleaf Gaming Network, which permits US action, and the Europe-facing Universal Poker Network partnered up on January 19th to offer a larger network with more player liquidity. The merged network has yet to be branded, but it is understood that a third company, Victory Poker formerly on the Doyle Brunson Poker Network, may also be joining the duo on February 1st using a .net domain extension.
It appears that the new network will accept all players from the US with multi-currency facilities and a wider range of deposit options, and that the software has been enhanced with a number of new improvements.
Pokerscout's independent statistics rate Universal's action at around 300 players/day, with Everleaf just under 100 players/day.
The merged network was criticised by players, who claim that they were not advised of the move, and that this created confusion. Answering the criticism, a spokesperson for Everleaf said: "No emails were sent out regarding this, as the date for the merge could have and was delayed.
"We did have a pop up notice on our poker room for the last seven days to ensure everyone was made aware of this merger."
The merged network is home to some 24 skins, among them ThePokerPanther.com, ABDigitalPoker.com, FullKingsPoker.com, PokerDrum.com, MyNamePoker.com, BrasilianPoker.com, 5Poker5.com, Poker4Ever.com, Raider Poker.com, Minted Poker.com, WarriorsPoker.com, PokerKingBet.com and WinPKR.com.