Merge MTT Profits Rise Following Schedule Shuffle
Key Takeaways
  • Merge Gaming sees a 3% profit boost in 2 weeks from its changed MTT schedule.
  • The range of guaranteed tournaments has been extended, and the profit bump comes even though 30 of 68 Mon-Sat MTTs had overlays totaling $45k.
  • A $10m guarantee put the Seminole Hard Rock Open on the map as a flagship tournament. The success of the event inspired the WPT to put the same guarantee on its event at the same venue to be held in April next year.

This month, the Merge Gaming Network revamped its tournament schedule and expanded its range of guaranteed prize pool tournaments. Result: profit.

Professional Rakeback’s new MTT Overlay Report gives an early indication that the changes have been successful for the network: In september the network earned a total average profit per day of $5,741; so far in October its up to $5,927.

This makes for a 3% gain from a simple reorganization of the MTT schedule and the introduction of more guarantees, despite it receiving a mixed response from players on forums.

Saturday’s scheduled tournaments have not succeeded quite so well: September’s Saturday avgerage profit per day is at $3,727, according to the report, whereas for October the guarantees have not been met, resulting in an average lost of -$4,765. Clearly some tinkering is still in order.

September numbers were skewed by the Poker Maximus tournament series, so Merge may let the current schedule run for a few more weeks before making any decisions about changes.