Yeah, right now pickin's is slim in the US. A lot of players are just to damn nervous to return online after Black Friday. I myself just returned in March via Lock Poker. I can't count the conversations I've had of people asking if I'm not nervous about committing this felony. Anyway I do want to say I give Merge a thumbs up. I'm okay with it since there are not a whole lot of options for us state siders. I will tell you this though, as soon as Poker Stars
makes a return I will drop anything else in a heart beat. Since you did not play online prior to Black Friday you will just have to take the word of poker forumites - Poker Stars and Full Tilt were by far and away the leaders in online poker (just prior to BF) with 10 times as many people online at any given time than you will find on the most busy site today.
So anyway I am on Lock and Carbon. Lock just made a major change I am not digging and Carbon just did a major upgrade that seems very promising once the bugs are ironed out.