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Controversial online poker site Lock Poker has lost their most recognizable name.
Michael Mizrachi has ended his endorsement deal with Lock Poker after less than a year of representing the room.
Mizrachi signed with Lock in January of 2013.
At the time, Mizrachi had this to say about Lock: “Lock has grown exponentially and proven to be a leader in the online poker industry in a very short period of time […] I am excited about this partnership with Lock and even more excited to join their team of pros. I can’t wait to get started.”
Mizrachi confirmed his exit in a brief interview with Bluff, saying “yes [the relationship] has ended” and that he’ll “send out a statement soon.”
Skip to the 1:45 mark to view:
Mizrachi offered no specific reason for his departure. But I would assume his decision was driven by two factors:
Lock’s troubles extend well beyond the loss of Mizrachi. The beleaguered room has been under fire from players for cashout speeds that lag well behind industry averages.
Due to those processing problems and a host of related issues, the value of Lock Poker money on the secondary market has dropped dramatically in 2013.
While Mizrachi may have split from Lock, the site continues to maintain a substantial roster of professional players that continue to endorse the room.
According to the Lock Poker website as of October 15th, 2013, affiliated players include such well-known names as: