Segregated player funds, most of Merge has them. All of the brands ProfessionalRakeback works with, Carbon Poker does have segregated player balances.
Are player funds safe? This has become a huge concern for online poker players post "Black Friday" when Poker Stars, Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker, and Ultimate Bet websites and player funds were seized by the Department of Justice. Of the four poker sites hit, only Poker Stars had segregated their player funds and kept them distinctly apart from their operational funds. As such, their players were paid out in a timely manner and in full. The other three sites, were unable to pay back players in full (and at the time of this article's posting, have yet to pay anything).
Not surprisingly this has made many players wary of online poker rooms that service the US market. Well, there is good news. The vast majority of operators (skins) on the Merge Gaming Network use the Merge Cashier. The Merge Cashier fully segregates player funds from operational funds as required by their regulators in Malta and Kahnawake. While ProfessionalRakeback has not seen the bank statements to prove this, we have confirmed this with numerous CEO's and owners of various skins on the network. We have also confirmed this in interviews with Merge Gaming executive staff.
ProfessionalRakeback has pushed hard to get Merge to advertise this fact more publicly. We are not sure why the knowledge isn't made widespread, but we were able to entice them to let us post this article as well as have an article on the subject posted at G911a few months ago. While this other article only speaks of Carbon Poker, one must note that Carbon Poker also owns the other operators we advertise here at ProfRB, namely PDC Poker and Aced. Also of note, the majority of the Merge Gaming Network currently uses the Merge Cashier and as such, is subject to these protections. A great example of this is the recent closures of Poker Nordica, BluffRoom, and FeltStars. Our very own Kahntrutahn has helped move dozens of distraught and displaced players balances, in full, from these failed skins.
A Carbon Poker spokesperson confirmed that funds are segregated at Carbon Poker (PDC Poker, and Aced):
“All player funds at Carbon Poker are segregated and always have been.”
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. If you would like to try out the safest online poker rooms for US players, please visit our Merge Gaming Partners page.