- Customer Service
- Poker Tracker Compatibility
- Ability to Multitable
- Multiple Accounts
- Tournaments with Overlays
Lock Poker SoftwareThe software at Lock Poker is shared by all members of the Merge Poker Network. Players are represented by placards which can be personalized by color and image inclusion. Adding the color is a nice touch as it allows players to quickly see their seats at teh tables especially if multi-tabling There really is no table, nor chairs [although empty seats are represented by small chair icons] and the background is black. Four color deck is available and the card backs are black with the Lock Poker logo trimmed n white. Players have a note-taking function [with auto-wrap feature] with player "tagging" function built in and both a statistics screen and hand histories are available at a click of the mouse. Player chat can be toggled on and off and the chat has a large variety of animations available.
The cash game menu has Players Seeing the flop percentages as well as Average Pot and Hands Per Hour information allowing players the opportunity to play and filter tables by any of these methods. Their are many filters available so that players can pick NL, FL or even Omaha or 7-Stud by making a few easy clicks.
The tournament menu is as equally manipulated as the cash game menu and has filters for just about everything a tournament or SnG player could want.
Lock Poker [and the Merge Poker Network, in general], has come a long way from the days of clunky, glitchy software. About the only problem that exists at Lock Poker is that tournament information and menu screens don't update quickly enough.
Lock Poker TrafficLock Poker is an up and coming site on the online poker scene. As part of the Merge Poker Network, they share players with the other network sites. This adds to their pool of available players, ensuring that there are always tables and tournaments running. Player base during weekdays is between 4-7,000 players. On weekends and in the evenings player traffic can be anywhere from 5,000 players to 10,000 players. However, it can be sporadic at times. Lock Poker is the home site of quite a few Eastern European players, so traffic will tend to swell during their weeknight or weekend hours.
Lock Poker GamesLock Poker offers a variety of games such as Texas Holdem and Omaha. Players can find these games in SnGs, cash games and tournaments. While they have tabs for 7-Card Stud, Razz, Badugi and other games in their Ring Game lobby, traffic in these games is exremely low or non-existent.
Texas Holdem is by far the biggest draw for poker players at Lock Poker. Lock Poker offers Limiit, Pot Limit and No Limit variety. Players can find Limit games running from $0.02/$0.04 to $50/$100, with most traffic at $10/$20 and below. Pot Limit Holdem traffic is scarce to non-existent. No Limit Holdem is king at Lock Poker. Players can find buy-ins from NL4 to NL10000, although most traffic occurs at NL200 and below.
Omaha High-only spreads games in fixed all limit forms [FL, PL and NL], although the fixed and no limit lobby is usually empty. The Pot limit lobby is a different story. Players can find buy-ins from PL4 to PL10000, although most traffic congregates at PL600 and below and most traffic is in the 6-max games.
Omaha Hi/Lo is available in Fixed, Pot and No-Limit forms, but like Omaha High, fixed limit is virtually unplayed. Players can find a few low stakes NL Omaha Hi/Lo games, but the real traffic, once again, is in Pot Limit. Buy-ins range from PL4 to PL5000, with a majority of the traffic in the lowest stakes.
Lock Poker features tournament around the clock. Whether it is their $50,000 Sunday Guarantee or a $200 Daily Freeroll, Lock Poker offers a large variety of tournaments including rebuys, satellites, bounty and guaranteed prizepool.
SnG traffic is decent and Lock Poker offers a variety of games. From 10-man SnGs to heads-up play, Lock Poker has a decent mix of SnGs.
Lock Poker PromotionsLock Poker offers players at ITH, who sign up with Lock Poker through one of our banners or links, a very lucrative 150% up to $750 PLUS a $50 Amazon gift card for first time depositors. Players need to use bonus code LOCK150 in the appropriate bonus box when you make your initial Lock Poker deposit.
Start your weekend right, on Double Trouble Thursdays & Fridays, all VIP players earn double points.
Double points are issued straight into your points balance every 15 mins.
A Double Points meter is available in the admin on double points days for all qualifying players. Extra points issued during Double Points do not count towards your VIP level.
Sit and Go Leadeboards
The leaderboard awards points to each player based upon their placings in any Sit'n'Go tournament. This includes satellites and bounty SnG's as well. Points are calculated based on a formula that is scaled depending on the cost of the buy in. For example, a tournament with an entry of $10 + $1 will award more points to the winner than a tournament with an entry of $1 + $0.10.
The other factor that comes into play is the streak bonus. Winning several tournaments in a row is quite an impressive feat and thus we feel should be rewarded accordingly. So the streak bonus multiplies your points depending on how big your winning streak is and the bigger the streak, the bigger the multiplier.
Players that make the top 25 on the leaderboard will take home some cold hard cash. In addition to $10,000 in prizes for the Sit'n'Go Leaderboard there is also a separate $2,000 prize pool and leaderboard for those with the best winning streak. The leaderboards are finalized and paid out at the end of each month. Check below for details and payout structure.
Eric "Rizen" Lynch
Lock Poker and Rizen after months of discussions finalize their partnership. The relationship marks the beginning of Lock Poker's vision to partner with the player. Lock Poker is taking an innovative approach. Lock believes the poker room/poker player relationship is a flawed one. It lacks loyalty, understanding and depth. The professional player is the missing piece, they provide both direction and insight into what that product can and should be.
In the coming months Rizen will become an integral part of Lock's product and marketing. Rizen shares his enthusiasm as he states, "I'm truly excited to have found a partner in Lock Poker, who shares my vision of not only what an online poker site could be, but what it should be. I'm really looking forward to helping realize that vision as a voice of the poker player."
Lock Poker's approach is to bring the best online players into the boardroom.
"The most important investment we can make is into the players themselves. said Jennifer Larson, Founder and CEO of Lock Poker. Their voice has been lost by the apathy of this industry. The players are the reason for the success and really have made it what it is. We at Lock Poker believe it's time to put the player first. They are our only asset. Players have a choice. We want to be that choice. And that we have to earn."
The winds of change are here as we see the poker world forced to really go back to basics. Let's take care of the core of our business. The player.
Sunday $100,000 Guarantee
Every Sunday, Lock Poker hosts their $10,000 Guaranteed Prizepool tournament at 4:00PM EST. Players may buy-in directly for $100+$9. Players can qualify in satellites for as low as $2+$0.20 [plus possible rebuys].
Bad Beat Jackpot
At Lock, it can pay to lose - play at a Bad Beat table and you have a chance at the Bad Beat Jackpot.
The following must occur for a Bad Beat Jackpot to be awarded:
At Lock, it can pay to lose - play at a Bad Beat table and you have a chance at the Bad Beat Jackpot.
The following must occur for a Royal Flush to be awarded:
Lock Poker StabilityLock Poker has joined the Merge Poker Network, a very stable and rapidly expanding collection of online poker sites. This provides a stable gaming environment for Lock Poker players. Lock Poker is located on Curacao, Netherlands Antilles.
Lock Poker SecurityLock Poker understands the importance of information security and the techniques needed to secure information. They store all of the Personal Information they receive directly from you in a password-protected database residing within their secure network behind active state-of-the-art firewall software. The Lock Poker website and the Service support SSL Version 3 with 128 bit encryption
All communications between the client program running on your computer and the Lock Poker servers in Curacao are encrypted using the accepted industry standard 256-bit TwoFish encryption algorithm. The unique cards dealt to each player are delivered exclusively to that particular player's computer thus maintaining privacy and integrity of play. Packet-sniffing by other players cannot be used to gain any advantage. Each player's cards are sent exclusively to that particular player's computer. None of the other computers know what your hidden cards are, thus preventing an opponent from hacking their client software to determine your cards.
Lock Poker Customer ServiceCurrently, Lock Poker's customer service currently consists of enail and live chat support. Email support is very prompt with 30-60 minute turn-around times. Live chat is very good. Responses are knowledgeable and easy to comprehend, so most information requested is prompt. Players should note that there is some information on their site handling common questions under the support tab of their website. eWallet payouts at Lock Poker follow industry standards.
Lock Poker Poker Tracker CompatibilityLock Poker is not supported on Poker Tracker 2, Poker Tracker 3 or Holdem Manager. Players cannot use 3rd party software while playing at Lock Poker. Should this change in the future, we will update this review section.
Ability to Multitable at Lock PokerPlayers are allowed to play on as many tables and tournaments as their computer and operating system will allow. Happy Gaming!
Multiple Lock Poker Accounts per HouseholdLock Poker has informed Internettexasholdem that multiple accounts per household/IP address are allowed. However, they also point out that two or more players from the same household/IP address cannot participate in the same tournament regardless of how big the player pool is.
Lock Poker Tournaments with OverlaysA tournament overlay is the result of guaranteed prize money that is not offset by the participant's buy-ins. As such, all freerolls and FPP freerolls always offer an overlay.
Lock Poker [and the Merge Poker Network] offers overlays in a variety of their guaranteed prizepool tournaments. Most notably, the Sunday $50,000 Guarantee rarely surpasses the guarantee, making it a very good value for high stakes players. Some of the smaller buy-in guarantees spread overlays as well, so watch your Lock Poker software.