If you go to Black Chip Pokers Facebook page (because social media has fucking taken over the world) you'll see that they are switching networks. This change is happening December 3rd and they will be leaving Merge behind for Winning Poker Network (WPN) which supposedly is more cash-out friendly for U.S. Players.
Rakeback will carry over to the new network, but the software will change and based off what I have been reading while briefly searching the net WPN has worse software than Merge. I guess I will find out soon enough.
I haven't begun to look into the availability of games on WPN yet because I'll be able to see first hand when the time comes and I suppose that ultimately this will be the deciding factor in if I decide to stick with WPN or if I jump through the hoops to cash out and then redeposit into another Merge network site or not.
In all honesty I was just starting to get excited about following along with fellow blogger FlushDraw as he also happens to be playing the same games with me on the Merge network - and now this rivalry will be no longer. The one negative reported by Flushdraw is that Merge rarely has any 10NL games going and that does make it a bit difficult in being able to move up and play. If there are barely any 10NL games then I'm sure higher up is just as barren (though this is really putting the horse ahead of the kickings).
I won't be playing any games tonight or tomorrow but on Monday I'll download the update and see what I think of everything.