re: Poker & Merge vs Revolution
Pretty sure reps have said that software upgrades are on the menu, but obviously those take time to implement. I haven't seen any concrete times, but I would have to think it'll be a few months before we get any significant software changes -- maybe longer.
I will say that I am not a huge fan of Merge software; I wouldn't rate it all that much better than Cake. Less glitchy, but the interface has always bothered me. For some reason I have always had more trouble realizing when the action is on me multi-tabling on Merge. And the filters are awful.
Having said that, Merge is about to release their 6.0 client, which actually improves on a lot of my issues. Tiling/cascading looks nice, as does resizing, and the new tourney filters look awesome -- that has been a LONG time coming. So Lock definitely needs to make it a big priority to revamp Cake's software in order to compete with that.
Regardless, competition can only be good. Lock leaves, Merge brings back rakeback and releases a huge software upgrade. Lock joins Cake and revamps their traffic and tourney schedule (and hopefully their cash outs), with talk of many future improvements.