Back in the day, NLOP used to be a pretty decent site. They were a small company based out of Framingham, MA trying to make a name for themselves. They actually had contracts with Milwaukee's Best Light and with Kenny Rogers (he was promoting a sports betting set) and were a publicly traded company on NASDAQ (pinksheets)
It was actually the first place I cut my poker teeth (I was too afraid at the time to deposit real money into FTP, Poker Stars
). Everything was completely free when I first joined and there was no VIP type club- but there were a lot of ads you had to sit through during the breaks.
The tourneys were kind of donkaments, and the blind structures for 1 table Sit-N-Gos were really slow, but it helped me understand the importance of position, reading opponents etc. Over the course of about 2 years I won probably about $150 in free rolls, a bunch of keychains, a shirt, a few dvds and final tabled a monster tournament where the first prize was a seat at a $1500 WSOP event.
Anyway, when they went to the VIP deal and hired Sexton as the spokesperson is where they went downhill. They went to a more elaborate software, which slowed the games down considerably and the blind structures were changed so that it limited play considerably. Also, the state I live in does not allow me to upgrade to VIP status and that really limits the number of tournaments I can play.
Ah well, it was fun while it lasted. I think the company is comprised of decent folks, but they just don't have the $$$ or exposure to compete with the big boys. I did see Sexton sporting an NLOP shirt on a couple of interviews and at a fairly recent Poker After Dark episode though.