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Merge Gaming

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very good

Current Signup Code – none required
Poker Host offers you a 200% Deposit Bonus up to $2,000 and a free seat into a monthly $250 Initial Depositors tournament to every new poker player on their first deposit. Once you’ve earned 1/10 of the deposit bonus requirements by earning “Loyalty Points”, the funds of your first increment will be added to your regular balance.

Software – excellent
The Merge Gaming software is a great design and a real player favorite combining excellent graphics and smooth action mixed with smaller details such as fun emoticons which personalize every game. The software runs very well but if you do happen to play on an older computer, you may want to turn animations off in the “Settings” area under “Performance”.

Playability – very good
Very easy to use at the table with buttons clearly marked and unobtrusive sounds. In play action is very easy to follow and the tiled tables option for multi-tablers, is a real plus. The lobby is generally intuitive and simple to get around with small colourful graphics explaining tournament types (use the “Legend” button on the right) and filters for more experienced users.

Traffic – good
Plenty of choice in tournaments and cash games although traffic but can be a little lacking away from peak hours. This is a feast growing network os sites though, so expect a steady improvement on those numbers.

Support – good
Response time is usually good and the quality of the service is normally efficient and friendly. Live help is also available. Cash out speed can be a little slow as with most of the Merge Network sites but are generally processed without any major problems.

Summary – very good are one of the long standing names in online poker and with that provide an awareness and security that many other newer brands don’t have. After a period of time being unavailable to US players, in 2010 PokerHost switch to the Merge Network to once again gain a worldwide reach. They offer all the usual Merge benefits of excellent software and playability and a large pool of players across a multitude of sites. PokerHost also boast some private promotions such as the “Sponsorship Program” for Live casino players to gain extra cash in their online accounts by wearing a Patch to the “Moneybookers Private Tournament” explained below.

PokerHost is a solid brand name on an excellent network and certainly rivals any of it’s sister sites for what it has on offer. Make sure you check out the “Promotions” and “Tournaments” sections on the homepage for all the latest information, not forgetting the Terms & Conditions. Well worth a look.

Loyalty Points Information
Ring Games: $1 Rake = 10 Loyalty Point
Tournaments: $1 Fee = 10 Loyalty Point
As soon as you are dealt cards in a real money ring game, you will automatically receive 10 Loyalty Points for every dollar raked, and also for every dollar on tournament fees. The tournament fee paid is indicated by the “(+ $)” when registering for a tournament. For example, if you joined our $50K Guarantee event for $100(+$9), you would earn 90 Loyalty Points. In other words (+$9) + 10 = 90.

Special Promotions: Moneybookers Private Tournament
An additional special tournament only for Moneybookers depositors. The buyin is $1+ $0.10 Fee and the prize pool guarantees $1,000. This is a private tournament and only Money Booker’s depositors can enter so there is usually a big overlay. You will also receive the standard free seat into a monthly $250 tournament for all initial depositors.

Special Promotions: Royal Flush Bonus
Hit a Royal Flush with your pocket cards on any real-money Texas Holdem ring game at and you will receive a bonus of 100 x the big blind. That means you can win a cash bonus of $1,000 cash, just by getting a Royal Flush on a table with $5/$10 stakes.

Royal Flush Bonus Qualification
Only available for real money Texas Hold’em ring games (not tournament hands) Both Hole Cards must be used Player must win hand / pot with the Royal Flush (no rabbit hunts) Must submit your request within 48 hours from hand completion If the Royal Flush happens on a Deal It Twice table; just the first dealt turn and river qualify for the bonus.

Bonus Terms & Conditions
Bonus equivalent to 100 x the big blind ($1,000 Maximum Bonus) You must earn 30 LP points per bonus $1 before withdrawing Bonus not available for Blackjack users Bonus takes 48 hours to be credited into your account.

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