Recent reports indicate that effective Sept. 27, U.S. players on Cake Poker will be transitioned to Juicy Stakes Poker and the skin will no longer accept U.S. player sign-ups.
Full details have not been released but may be forthcoming in the next few days. Transitioned players will retain the gold chips and VIP loyalty levels that were attained at Cake Poker. U.S. players subject to the move to the Juicy Stakes skin will need not move their funds, as the migration will be automatic upon the effective date. Cake is reportedly focusing its attention on the European market.
The Cake Poker Network was purchased earlier this year by Lock Poker and was rebranded as the Revolution Gaming Network and relaunched as such on June 1. Cake Poker remained a skin on the rebranded network. Revolution Gaming is the top online poker network in terms of player traffic among poker rooms or networks that still accept U.S. players, according to PokerScout rankings. Juicy Stakes Poker is a sister site on the Revolution Network, so American players forced to move from Cake to Juicy Stakes will still be playing with the same pool of players on the same network.
Speculation in the poker community has been rampant regarding reasons for the transition. Some players on popular public online poker forums have mentioned that such a move may be made to protect players from the possible seizure of funds should the U.S. government have an eye toward going after the domain. However, Cake Poker uses a .EU domain, while Juicy Stakes is registered as a .com, so there doesn’t seem to be much logic behind that reasoning. Hopefully, an announcement by Cake Poker will elucidate the reason for the transition.