After being the subject of many a poker forum post and news article, Lock Poker appears to have finally shut down. Recent reports, such as the one from USPoker.com, states that Lock Poker has been offline since the 17th of April. The Lockpoker.eu site will load and allows downloads to take place, yet the software will not connect to the poker server for game play.
The live chat feature is not working and when trying to contact the site, USPoker was unable to receive a response from support of the site. This essentially could be a good or bad thing. For years, players have been trying to cash out their winnings and have been denied. Since April of last year, Lock Poker has not processed any cashouts. This is one year without any player being able to gain access to the money in their account.
Players took to the popular poker forum Two Plus Two to discuss Lock Poker over the years, with reporting’s of almost $1 million in requests for withdrawals that have went unpaid. It is estimated that the total amount due in unpaid cashouts is somewhere between $10 and $15 million.
With the failure of Lock Poker plus the brand’s sister site for casino gaming, the loss of player funds would be second only to the debacle of Black Friday involving UltimateBet and Absolute Poker. The two sites were part of the Cereus Network which cost players $45 to $50 million after Black Friday.
During all the reports and forum posts on the subject of Lock Poker, the brand has remained silent. At 4Flush, we have covered the story behind Lock’s demise in numerous articles and just a few months ago it was revealed by Shane Bridges, a former spokesman for the brand that one of the main causes of the company’s end was due to overspending, in an article at PokerFuse. Officials of the brand were flying first class and staying in 5 star hotels when players couldn’t cash out their winnings.
For now, we shall all have to wait and see what happens next. Will Lock come forward with a plan to provide payment to players, or will the site remain silent and do nothing to appease the members who loyally took part in poker gaming for years at Lock Poker?
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