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Top Online Betting Site Domains Leave Cake Poker for Merge Gaming

30 March 2010 by Devon Chappell

Unless we’re talking about Poker Stars or Party Poker, the future of online poker is really all about the poker network. Not just a stand-alone poker room, poker networks are conglomerates of sorts, made up of several poker rooms networked into the same platform, resulting in larger player pools, more tournaments and more guaranteed winnings. But (as I said), that is, of course, unless we’re talking about giants like Poker Stars, who bring thousands of players together through a single roof.

Giants like this, however, are much fewer than the online poker networks currently in business. One of these poker networks is the Cake Poker network, which has become one of the fastest growing, US facing online poker networks since first being launched in 2004. In fact, the Cake Network, boasting such big name clients as Doyle’s Room, has been steadily growing year after year….that is, until now. And no, it has nothing to do with the quasi US online gambling ban.

Cake Poker is now shy three recognizable online betting destinations – PlayersOnly.com, SuperBook.com and Sportsbook.com – each owned by Antigua-based Jazette Enterprises, which announced it will be joining the Merge Gaming poker network. A small but substantial network now made even more substantial with the addition of Jazette, the Kahnawake licensed Merge Gaming said in a press release, “this is an industry-changing deal”.

At the time this post was going to press, Cake Poker had twice as much players online than Merge Gaming (just under 6,000). As you can imagine, these figures will likely shift. As for the guaranteed pool money at Cake Poker ($6 Million in monthly tournaments, including $250,000 Sunday’s), this may also see a change depending on just how many players decide to move over to Merge Gaming.

The good news is that Cake says they intend to honor all Gold Card and Gold Chips, which make up the backbone of Cake’s Rewards and Loyalty program, after the three sites leave the network. Cake is also urging players who would be affected by the transition and who would still like to play online in the Cake network, to contact customer support after the transfer is complete. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like an exclusive bonus offer if you ask me.

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