Where Have The Lock Poker Pros Gone?January 24, 2014 2:40 pm
Beleaguered online poker room Lock Poker has been going through some very tenuous times since dropping its former sponsored golden boy, José ‘Girah’ Macedo, following revelations he had been cheating his fellow online poker players.
Amongst the long line of woes which have since beset the troubled poker site are seriously slow cashouts, a falling out with its previous network operator Revolution Gaming, as well as several high-profile sponsored players abandoning the site’s LockPRO ELITE Team.
Last year, for instance, Michael Mizrachi became just one in a long line of pros to end their endorsement deals with Lock Poker, along with other notable names including Chris Moorman, Paul Volpe, and Brett “Gank” Jungblutt. As Michael Mizrachi explained at the time of his departure:
“I have decided not to renew my contract with Lock. I sincerely hope Lock is able to overcome its current problems and..for the sake of online poker their situation is resolved.”
A few months on, however, and all traces of the sponsored pros who decided to remain have now vanished from the site, with both the pros homepage graphics and “Lock Pros” tab having disappeared. This begs the question, what has happened to the remaining Lock Pros, which included Annette Obrestad, Francisco Costa and Greg Tiller?
In the absence of a Lock press releases, or any clarification by the one-time sponsored pros, it remains uncertain whether the sudden disappearance signifies the pros are going through a revamp, or that the program has simply been terminated. However, giving further insight into the troubles besetting the site, on January 11th Bryan “PrimoridialAA “Pellegrino announced on the Two Plus Two forum that he had left Lock Poker, while also insisting that he had not been fired. Furthermore, from the three pros featured on the homepage as of January 10th, only Francisco Costa’s twitter account makes reference to being a Lock Elite, while Annette Obrestad and Greg Tiller make no such reference.
Despite the confusion, however, one thing for certain is that Lock Poker’s promise of “A New Beginning” has still to materialize, and according to Pokerscout the poker room currently ranks 51st in the world, with a seven-day average of just 45 cash players.