Lock Poker Video Review
Poker Site Profile
- US Players: Yes
- Promo code: use links
- Founded: 2008
- Software: Merge Gaming
- Updated: 17/05/2012
- Mac version: Yes
- Min. deposit: $10
- Sign up bonus: $4000
- Support : firstname.lastname@example.org
Lock Poker Software
Lock has some of the best software in the online poker industry. It’s sleek, visually appealing, and the lobby layout is wonderfully simple and quick. Stacking tables make multi-tabling a lot easier and the filters are great to differentiate between game types and stake levels. Resizable tables and the mini tables allow players to fit 6+ tables on one screen.
Lock Poker has a player “Vault” on each account. The Vault allows players to transfer money into a more secure area of their account. The Vault is protected by a 4 digit pin number and a security question. The Vault can be helpful in a number of different ways. If a scammer or hacker broke into your account, although the individual would gain access to your main funds inside the account, he won’t be able access the funds you have secured in your Vault or even know how much money was inside it. The Vault can also help you stick to bankroll requirements or set a stop loss. If you can’t afford or don’t want to lose a certain amount, simply put it in your Vault. Even though you will still have access to it, you’ll have to take the time to transfer it out, giving you time to think about your decision.
Lock’s interface tracks your cash and tournament statistics and has some pretty detailed stats. Sharkscope, a tournament tracking site, gives all Lock Poker players free searches after they deposit.
Lock Poker is friendly to statistical heads-up displays and third party tracking programs. Pokertracker and Holdemmanager work seamlessly with Lock Poker and importing hands is very simple to set up.
Lock Poker has 24/7 email support and Live Chat support. Most emails are generally answered in 48 hours. Also, Lock has reps at most major poker forums that can address your concerns and help with support.
Unlike many other Merge Network sites, Lock Poker uses its own cashier and not the Merge Network’s default cashier. This has allowed lock some room to experiment with different deposit and payout options.
As always, international players will have a lot more options than American bettors. The top options being the well respected e-wallets of Neteller and Moneybookers. These are free to deposit and will fund the account instantly. Withdrawals using these methods are also free and typically take 2-7 business days.
American players have the option of Western Union, Moneygram, and credit cards. Lock will cover a 1st time deposit of $200 or more sent via Western Union or Moneygram. These person-to-person transfer services take a few hours to receive, so, the money will usually hit your account in 5-6 hours. Credit cards are also free to deposit but your bank may charge you a fee for depositing into an international bank.
Withdrawals are where Lock Poker really shines, most other Merge Network skins take 4-6 weeks for checks. Lock does it in 5-7 business days. Yes, that’s right, just one week. The fee for a check is $25 and the minimum amount per check is $250 with the maximum being $3,000. Western Union payouts are completed within a week and carry a 10% fee and currently have a max of $250. Players are allowed one free payout a month, with the rest being subject to the above fees.
VIP and Bonuses
Lock is currently offering new players a 200% up to $4000 deposit bonus. The bonus is unlocked in $5 increments by earning VIP Points. Lock VIP points are earned every time you play a rake hand or buy into a tournament. Lock has a lucrative tiered VIP level system that offers 10% daily cashback for the first VIP level and 35% at the highest level. VIP points can also be traded in for cash! VIP members will also be able to play in the 10k Monthly VIP Freeroll. Lock VIP Points can also be spent in the Lock Poker VIP Store that offers seats at live tournaments, electronics, and other items. In addition, Lock offers frequent reload bonuses to existing customers and a $10K Monthly VIP Freeroll.
Lock Poker and the Merge Network generally have about 3,000 players at peak times, giving them the distinction of the most popular US facing site online.
Lock offers basic poker games such as Texas Hold Em’, Omaha, and Stud, but also offer more obscure games. If you want to find a lesser known game to play, Lock won’t leave you hanging, Razz, 5 Card Draw, Badugi, and Triple Draw are all offered.
No Limit Hold Em’ action is consistent each night from the micros up to the $5/$10 level and several limits higher. Lock also has the most PLO, Pot Limit Omaha, action on any site available to US players. Games are consistent nightly up to the $2/$4 level.
Limit Hold Em’ action is sporadic but Lock is still your best bet for action on any US facing networks. Micro and low limits have decent action all the way up to $5/$10 limit, with games getting up to $15/$30 and $30/$60 in the evenings.
Lock Poker also has a Bad Beat Jackpot tables. These tables are eligible for the Bad Beat Promotion. $.50 is taken from each raked pot forming a larger prize pool to form the prize pool. The Jackpot regularly reaches $200,000 and is hit when a player loses with four of a kind 7s or higher. The loser of the Bad Beat hand gets the lion’s share, with a portion going to the winner and to the rest of the table!
Lock has lots of guaranteed tourneys for its players. The weekly $150K is the Merge Network’s flagship weekly tournament. Lock players can buy in using cash, VIP Points, or by winning their seat in a satellite tournament. In addition, there are many nightly multi-table tournaments available to players, including rebuys, 6 max tourneys and many more options.
Lock Poker also has the most Sit ‘n’ Go Tournaments available for US players. With buy-ins ranging from $2 all the way up to $2000, there is plenty of action and a lot of options. There are 6 max, Heads Up, Bounty Tournaments and regular 9 man SNGs along with varying speeds such as Turbo and Super Turbos.
Lock Poker is a great choice for players who want to play on the Merge Poker Network. It has the fastest payouts out of any skin on the network and it’s not close. In addition, Lock has a great VIP Points program and a lucrative deposit bonus. It is one of the best options available on the Merge Network and all players should give it a try.
- Open to US players.
- Great selection of games.
- High player volume
- Known for fishy tables.
- No bonus code needed.
- Downloadable Windows & Mac client.
- Limited deposit options for US players.
- No flash or browser based client.