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The Revolution Gaming Network aka Revolution Poker Network is currently close to collapse. US poker players should avoid poker sites on the Revolution network in 2013. The networks flagship room, Lock Poker, has become an unsightly boil on the underside of the US poker industry. Juicy Stakes Poker and Lock Poker are the largest Revolution skins in June, 2013. Lock Poker cashouts in 2013 take an average of 5 months and Juicystakes payouts are taking over 7 months. If you deposit at either of these US poker rooms today you are basically trusting that they will even be around in November or January, 2014, possibly the earliest you could receive your winnings if you also made a withdrawal request today. I have been following the Lock Poker withdrawal threads at 2+2. Lock Poker has a large backlog of payouts from the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013. They seem to be paying cashouts from a couple of months ago before they pay the older ones. At the bottom of this casino gambling news post there is a gossip-like article that was written for a personal poker blog. It doesnt contain much in the way of confirmed facts but it is an interesting read none the less.
It is now obvious that Lock Poker is processing a handful of more recent cashouts instead of taking care of the people who have been waiting 5-6 months to make it appear as though they are paying faster than they really are. When someone posts something like: 3/5 processed, 4/2 verified, 6-17 sender on an online poker forum people will incorrectly assume that all payouts are being processed in 3 months. You could say that it is a form of propaganda. The brand image for Lock Poker and the Revolution Poker Network is at an all-time low despite their attempts to mislead the poker community. Last month the mastermind of the Lock Poker pyramid scheme Jennifer Larson did an interview with Gambling911. Lock Poker is a paid sponsor on that gambling news site so the whole interview was a crock.
Revolution Gaming Network Defaults On Rake Payments To ZetPoker
Zet Poker a small Revolution skin closed in mid June because the network could/would not pay them the money they owed. Poker network skins like ZetPoker get a percentage of the rake their players generate, usually around 80-90%. They use this money to pay affiliates, employees, cover promotions and other things. Revolution Gaming doesnt seem to be able to cover their debts even after stealing money from both affiliates and players. Defaulting on their rake payments to their partners is alarming because it suggests that the network is close to collapse. When a network is stealing from players, affiliates and skins it signals the end of the road since there is no one left to steal from or rip off. What are they going to do? Steal money from the purse of the woman who cleans the network headquarters?
Source: Pokerfuse news post on Zet Poker closing due to non-payment by the network.
Lock Poker Alternatives Other US Poker Sites In 2013
I sincerely hope that new online poker players who have been ripped off by Lock Poker and the Revolution Gaming Network do not think that all US poker rooms in 2o13 are the same. I can certainly understand why someone would think that online poker is a scam after having the misfortune of playing at Lock Poker but there are several poker sites for U.S. players that pay quickly and have excellent reputations. Bovada Poker and Bet Online Poker will get your money to you in 1-3 days with Western Union and Moneygram or 5-10 days for a check payout. Bovada Poker is the biggest US room by far. They have gained a lot of new players from the mass exodus from Lock Poker and the Revolution Network. Bovada is the biggest US sportsbook and one of the biggest USA casinos in 2013 too.
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Editors note: The article below was written for another gambling blog but I decided not to post it there. This isnt a news story exactly, it is just some random thoughts on Lock Poker and the people behind the scandal. This is basically just gossip and theories about Lock Poker and the Revolution Poker Network in June, 2013. I cannot verify or confirm any of the accusations or statements in the information below.
Random Thoughts About Lock Poker
I have been reading the Lock Poker payout threads at 2+2 every day and there is one member who is not giving up the fight. Well, there are hundreds of members who are not but Microbob longtime 2+2er and online poker crime fighter is keeping threads alive and pushing for non-blah answers. The forums at Twoplustwo.com have a sub section under Internet Poker for Lock Poker:
Lock Poker forum at Twoplustwo.com
lock poker shutdownIt is here that Shane from Lock Poker does the bidding for Jennifer Larson, the CEO of the failing Lock Poker. Microbob is constantly pushing Shane and Lock Poker for a straight answer. Why are payouts taking 4-6+ months? When I read the threads I picture Shane sitting in front of a computer which Jennifer has him chained to with steam coming out of his ears. I mean, certainly spewing Lock Poker propaganda should not be this difficult. Why wont Microbob and the others simply stop talking about Lock Pokers amazing bi-annual payout payment processing and start playing at the tables? How is Lock Poker supposed to cover the cashout Grinder73983 made last December to buy his sick grandmother a great gift for her last Christmas on Earth if no one is contributing rake? Okay, I just made that last part up but certainly there is a story behind every cashout that Lock Poker has not paid. People need their money for a wide range of things: tuition money, crystal meth, a new car, prostitutes, grocery moneyect.
revolution gaming network shut down 2013Since Lock Poker owes money to hundreds of thousands of poker players I am sure that at least one person has requested a cashout with one of those things at least once. Back on topic. There are thousands of posts on 2+2 about Lock Poker each week lately. Most of these posts are made by people who are concerned about their money at Lock Poker. Shane is the Lock Poker employee who answers these questions. His 2+2 username is ImJustShane. Microbob is a longtime poster at 2+2 who refused to have his questions ignored or deflected. Shane is pretty good at what he does. Ask him about a promotion or a bonus and he knows everything. Ask him if he thinks that it is safe to deposit on Lock Poker and he is the worlds foremost expert on all things Lock Poker. Ask him a simple question about the relationship about Lock Poker and the Revolution Gaming Network and he is just a low-level employee with no knowledge of what goes on at Lock Poker.
lock poker payouts 2013Ask him why Lock Poker takes 5+ months for WU payouts while other US poker sites send Western Union payouts in a few days he will not reply in any meaningful way. Lock Poker should change their name to Locked Account Poker. There are a number of players who have had their funds seized and their accounts locked. I suppose Blocked Account Poker would work too. Im a big fan of Crock Poker myself. What about Jocked Your Money Poker? Jocked means to steal right? Idk about that one. I was just reading a thread about a player who has had over $10,000 stolen from him by Lock poker and Shane told the player to email him. The player stated that he has been emailing Shane and several other people at Lock Poker but never got a reply.
This is common at Lock. If you write them asking how to make a deposit they will write you back before the page has ever finished reloading after you hit the send button. If you ask about a 6 month payout they will reply after 5-10 days with a canned response. It takes around 20 emails before they promise to put you on this magical list of expedited payouts to shut you up. Being on the priority payout list at Lock Poker doesnt seem to have an impact on withdrawal times.
Maybe they put the names on the list in a hat and pick 2-3 out per day to actually pay and then 2-3 more to determine whose accounts are going to be locked in order to pay the first 2-3. You have probably realized by now that this post doesnt contain any useful information about Lock Poker. It is just a bunch of random thoughts about Lock Poker, Shane and 2+2. I had just finished an hours worth of reading at Twoplustwo and felt like writing but didnt have a concrete subject in mind.