Merge isn't the only network with a multitude of skins. This is pretty common in the poker industry. You must have some major capital to be able to put up a successful independent site these days. PokerStars
and FullTilt were the exceptions to the rule.
Another benefit (well usually, but lately many consider it a disadvantage given their backlog issues) with Merge is that they escrow all player funds, so skins cannot bail and run off with your money. When you withdraw from a Merge skin through the poker cashier (not
the sportsbook/casino operations, which are run by the skins themselves), Merge handles that withdrawal, not the skin. Other skins on other networks have scammed and ripped off players like this before, so with Merge at least you get a little bit more security in that area.
Originally Posted by fugitive67
also Sportsbook doesnt allow US now, they did when I first signed up
The entire Merge network (all skins) stopped accepting new US account on June 1st, not just Sportsbook. Rumor has it they will start accepting again any day now, though.