Merge Gaming Network Logo to Close July 1st, Players Being Migrated to Carbon Poker

Merge Network site will close its virtual doors on Tuesday July 1st, according to an announcement made on ChipSplit, Merge’s dedicated site for affiliates.  All players currently on will be automatically migrated to Merge Network flagship site Carbon Poker.

Account screen names, passwords and player balances will be shifted to Carbon Poker as of the first of the month, with the Aced software client scheduled to do an auto-update for players as soon as they log on to the Merge Network, transitioning to the Carbon Poker client automatically.  Since both sites are house offerings of Merge and use the same cashier system, the transition is expected to be seamless.

mergeBoth and Carbon Poker are house brands owned by the Merge Network itself.  While Merge (Carbon) has reacquired several independent network skins in recent years, the shuttering of Aced is more likely to be a streamlining, cost-cutting measure, since Merge’s own programmers and developers have maintained both sites.

In addition to the cost savings, moving all existing players over to the Carbon client provides an additional benefit, in that the Carbon client includes a suite of online casino games, while the skin is currently poker-only.  The transition will thus automatically make the online casino offerings available to all former Aced players.

The Merge Network and Carbon Poker itself remain available to customers in a majority of US states. is one of several house brands that was created at Merge, along with Carbon Poker itself, when the former (its original name) first became concerned over ongoing licensing expenses connected to the name.  Other sites were created as well, including the now-shuttered Reefer Poker.  Eventually, the original site was rebranded as PDC Poker, and a marketing emphasis was placed on Carbon Poker, which in a year or two became the re-crafted Merge Network’s main site. itself garnered much of its initial player base through the absorption of another short-lived site, Chan Poker, which was associated with veteran poker pro and two-time WSOP main event winner Johnny Chan.  When PDC itself closed, its players were also rolled into the brand.

2006 WSOP Main Event winner Jamie Gold was another name connected to Aced’s brief run, as he served as a spokesman for the site for a few months in 2009.  It was the second such stint for Gold connected to online poker, after a similarly brief stint representing Bodog, the site whose patches he wore during his 2006 win. A few other players also had brief sponsorship deals with the site.

The official closing notice for the skin follows:


Important Notice: Aced Closing

On Tuesday July 1st, 2014, the Aced brand and website is closing. Existing Aced players will be moved to their new home at

The next time Aced players login to the game client, it will automatically update to CarbonPoker and they will be able to login with their Aced details.

When your players login to CarbonPoker they will be presented with a superior gaming experience. Not only does CarbonPoker offer a full Poker Room and Casino, but a full Sportsbook and Racebook to round off their gaming needs.

In cases where a player has a tracked account under Aced and CarbonPoker, the affiliate relationship will remain on CarbonPoker. If there is no affiliate tracking on the CarbonPoker account, then we will be able to carry over the affiliate tracking from their Aced player account to CarbonPoker.

We will update your Aced tracking links and banners to automatically redirect to CarbonPoker. Don’t forget to update you site(s) reviews for Aced and replace them with a CarbonPoker review.

The Carbon brand is growing strong and we expect big things in 2014.

Please contact us if you have any questions.


The ChipSplit Team


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