There’s a big move on the horizon in the world of US online poker and it appears that Poker Host is leaving the Merge Network and heading over to the rapidly growing Equity Poker Network, taking as much as 20% of the real money traffic from Merge with it. A split of sorts began back in 2012 when the rest out of Merge Network switched to a new cashier with Poker Host keeping it’s own and only taking onboard the Merge VIP offering, and more recently it has found itself left out of the networks multi table tournament offerings too, with no participation in the big Carbon Online Poker Series leading to a less than perfect large guaranteed tournament selection.
The move can be seen as something of a coup for the Equity Poker Network and will boost their traffic significantly. At present there are 6 rooms on the network with Full Flush Poker being the largest and after recently buying out Action Poker, using that as their European focused brand, it seems things are on the up for network that was only launched last September. The Poker Host move would boost EPN up the rankings taking them closer to Carbon Poker and step closer to where they want to be. There’s no news as yet as to how the Poker Host shift will be managed and what will happen to VIP points, and should players have both an account at Poker Host and an Equity Poker Network skin then they may continue using their Poker Host accounts as normal.