The Revolution Network came into being in June 2012, when Lock Poker left the Merge Gaming Network and re-branded the existing Cake Poker Network. Lock Poker´s motive for the transition was to break free from the constraints placed upon them in terms of what they could offer clients and distance themselves from the issues which they believed were damaging their player´s poker experience.
The move had the effect of reducing traffic on the Merge Gaming Network by 30%, while the old Cake network doubled in traffic overnight. The Revolution and Merge Networks are now closely matched in respect of which is the biggest US-facing online poker network, with Bodog/Bovada languishing back in third position.
Not All about Lock Poker
However, the Revolution Gaming Network is not all about Lock Poker. Although their presence on the network enables players on the other network skins to enjoy higher value tournaments and busier tables, players on affiliated sites such as Cake Poker and Intertops Poker already had a reputation for being among the best online poker players on the Internet.
Players such as Phil Laak, Antonio Esfandiari, Dan Fleyshman and Brian Rast were often found on the Cake Network tables, and whereas the Merge Gaming Network developed a reputation for soft players, the Cake Network was exactly the opposite. Despite players such as Annette Obrestad, Melanie Weisman and Chris Moorman now joining the existing stars on the Revolution Network, the general standard of play might actually have fallen since the change took place.
The range of games available on the Revolution Network is limited compared to most other poker networks and solely focused on Hold´em and Omaha. However, the Revolution Network has listened to clients who wanted to see a greater selection of PLO8 games and tournaments, and these are provided throughout the day and well supported.
Also well-supported – but not always fully subscribed – are the guaranteed tournaments hosted on the Revolution Network throughout the day. Many of these tournaments represent excellent value to online poker players and one of the more appealing aspects of playing on this network is that they do not fill their tournament schedule with re-buy games.
The Players on This Network
We have already mentioned some of the big names who appear regularly at the tables, but where do the “ordinary Joes” come from? The network has 59 skins sharing a database of players – significantly few of them operating a sportsbook (think of the skins on iPoker Network and the standard of play) which implies that players from these sites are solely here to play poker.
And despite Revolution Gaming being targeted at the US poker market, many of the sites originate from Europe. Bruce Poker is based in Dublin, while Team Lii Poker hails from Marbella (although no longer accepting Spanish players). Red Panda Poker was set up to donate money to the red pandas of Nepal and Malta-based Come On Poker, although being part of a network which accepts US poker players, will not allow anybody from America to sign up on their site!
Revolution Network Summary
The launch of the Revolution Network was publicised with drums and whistles, big bonus offers and the usual assortment of software problems which affect any major transition. Now that most of the issues have been resolved and the network has started to settle down, it has quickly established itself as a respectable alternative to the mainstream European-facing poker sites, with many of the skins benefiting from the increased level of traffic and being able to offer better promotions of their own.