PokerListings Likely to Buy Cake Poker Network

Cake Poker NetworkRumors are circulating that the Cake Poker Network has been sold to poker giant PokerListings. Two sources within the industry have verified the sale, and Bluff Magazine reported that the sale will likely be completed in the next 2 weeks.

Although Poker Listings promotes several online poker sites to its visitors on the site, including major rooms like PokerStars and UB.com, Cake Poker is listed as PokerListings’ top ranked site with an overall score of 8.2 out of 10.

The Cake Poker Network is the 26th largest online poker room. It is the sixth largest poker network to accept players from the United States and its traffic levels are about 10% less than that found on PKR

In late January, DoylesRoom moved from Cake Poker Network to the Yatahay Network. According to the online poker traffic tracking site PokerScout.com, when DoylesRoom was on the Cake Poker Network there were at least 1,100 cash game players playing on the site on a frequent basis. Now, a maximum of 1,100 cash game players has been recorded just five times, the latest being on February 10th. Overall, the Cake Poker Network’s traffic is down 69% from last years numbers.

Late last month marked the launching of the Poker Pros Network on Cake Poker Network, which features several high profile players like six-time WSOP bracelet winner T.J. Cloutier, Women in Poker Hall of Famers Barbara Enright and Jennifer “Jennicide” Leigh, Marsha Waggoner and top poker instructor Chris “Fox” Wallace.

The Cake Poker Network features a number of skins on the network including Victory Poker and Only Poker. It remains to be seen what will happen to any of these skins as a result of the rumored sale.

Leaving Cake Poker last December was Poker Room Manager Lee Jones, who has since returned to PokerStars to oversee the new PokerStars Home Games operations. Jones had previously worked for PokerStars before joining Cake Poker.

Commenting on his departure from Cake Poker, Jones said “strategic decisions with which I’m not comfortable” as the main reason for parting ways with the company.

It’s not the first time that PokerListings has been in the news recently either. Back in August 2009, the founder of PokerListings.com Andreas Oscarsson was shot dead in Sweden and still 19 months later there have been no suspects or persons of interest in the case.

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