Chris Moorman Not To Renew Lock Poker ContractMay 9, 2013 11:42 am
For some time now, Lock Poker has come under intense scrutiny from the poker community on account of its restrictive cash out procedure which can take as much as four months. Now the online poker room has received more negative press after its top sponsored pros Chris Moorman and Paul Volpe have announced they were not renewing their deals with the site.
UK’s Chris Moorman has won an incredible $9,378,460 online, to go with the $2,889,170 he has earned from live tournaments. Moorman’s departure from Lock Poker will surely come as a blow to the beleaguered poker room, and announcing his decision to leave via his twitter account, wrote:
“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.”
The “Lock Pro Elite” team formerly consisted of 21 pros, but the players have been coming under increasing attacks of late from disgruntled customers who resent them representing such a troubled site. With the departure of Moorman and Volpe, the “Lock Pro Elite” team has now been reduced to 19 players, with many notable pros deciding to stay put for now. These include the likes of Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, Annette Obrestad, Melanie Weisner, Eric “Rizen” Lynch, Matt Stout, Casey Jarzabek, Felipe Ramos and Brett Jungblut.
Before Black Friday struck, Lock Poker was just another online poker room but then was raised to prominence after the exit of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker from the US market. Lock Poker’s decent assembly of sponsored pros helped to raise its profile, and the site subsequently bought the Cake Poker Network and re-branded it as the Revolution Gaming Network.
In the meantime, Lock Poker has suffered from some major bad press, which has included one of their young stars Jose Macedo turning out to be a complete fraud, a casino bonus promotion which was later rescinded, harsh criticism by Calvin Ayre, and now their seriously slow payment process. However, other sponsored pros such as Melanie Weisner have expressed their support for the site and have indicated that the cash out issue could be fixed by June.