Online Poker Industry Rumor Dashed
A rumor had been floating around online poker forums that the Merge Gaming Network would unveil their own fast-paced poker software similar to PokerStars’ recent launching of Zoom Poker, but the poker industry scuttlebutt turned out to be not true.
Apparently, a poster on TwoPlusTwo was spreading information that the Merge Network was set to launch “Dash Poker,” a variant of the quick-paced poker game made popular by Full Tilt with Rush Poker in 2010. The rumor was jumped upon by several online blogs and news outlets, but Merge Gaming CEO Anthony Taylor dashed the rumor by saying that it was simply untrue.
The poster, who reportedly had posted nearly 600 times on the popular online poker forum, said that he received an invite to join the Dash Poker beta testing prior to its scheduled launch on May 1. As it turns out, the advice given by many grammar school teachers of not trusting or believing everything we read still holds true. That sage advice is especially true when reading posts on Internet poker forums.
Although Dash Poker is not available, players who favor high-speed poker that allows a pool of players to be whisked away to a new poker table immediately upon folding their hole cards at their previous tables can try Zoom Poker at PokerStars or the also recently released Fast Poker on the European poker sites of Unibet, iGame, Betsafe, Betsson and 24hpoker. For poker players on the go, the InstaDeal Poker Network also offers a version on mobile devices.
Merge Gaming doesn’t expect to suffer damage from the untrue rumor. Incidentally, Merge is the top network for player traffic that still accepts U.S. players. For players who enjoy the tried and true version of poker, Lock Poker, PokerView and Carbon Poker from the Merge Network are all poker sites accepting U.S. players and offering a first-time deposit of 150% up to $750.