re: Poker & Trying to Recommend a Merge Site for some friends...
I think Black Chip Poker, RPM, and Lock are all very good choices. All 3 of those offer great Customer Service and some of the best promotions including free training memberships, Deposit Bonuses, and other site promotions depending on the skin.
The VIP Programs are pretty close to the same, but some are based on monthly points and some are based on Lifetime points.
its a new site but i say hero poker.yes its merge and i was able to get in before the non usa thing. have cashed out several times in a month min cashout is only 100.00 and they charge 15.00 for check.so 85.00 is what you get.they have to freerolls us and canada only very easy to cash.lots of guaranteee games and some for the ladies too. downfall is it takes 4 to 6 weeks for check.but will be in the box for sure. but this is the norm for most merge sites.players is second of choice.for me.
Hero is a very good skin on Merge, but the CEO has stated they won't accept US players even once Merge does from what I remember. They also blocked US players before Merge did.
Another thing is that Merge has blocked some states. Players from those states are going to have to continue playing on sites like Minted Poker. I know that New York, New Jersey, and Maryland were blocked and some sites like Sportsbook have also blocked Kentucky and Washington residents.