Intertops Joins Cake Poker Network
Longstanding gambling outlet Intertops jumped from the Microgaming Network to the Cake Poker Network this week, according to a press release sent by the site on Monday. Intertops will fill the void of several rooms that departed the Cake Poker Network in April.
The Cake Poker Network accepts players from the United States, while the Microgaming Network does not. Late last year, Intertops Casino began using RTG Games instead of those offered by the Microgaming Network, whose family of sites includes Betway, Cool Hand Poker, Gnuf, Nordic Bet, PokerTime, and Unibet. Intertops brings with it a considerable amount of industry experience, having opened for business in 1983 and accepting the world’s first online bet 13 years later.
Intertops’ online poker site launched in 2003 and its casino debuted last year. To celebrate the move to the Cake Poker Network, Intertops will be holding daily $100 freerolls as well as $1,000 Guaranteed tournaments on Sundays that come with a $22 buy-in. There are two freeroll qualifiers per day to the latter tournaments. In addition, this Saturday, May 8th, a $2,500 freebie will be held on the virtual felts of Intertops to commemorate the site’s move.
Intertops’ press release details why the site may have joined the Cake Poker Network: “Several major poker sites have joined the Cake Network recently and now, as Intertops players join them, it is one of the most popular poker networks in the world. Created by a small group of poker players with a mission to design a better poker site, its gold loyalty rewards programs and its well-sculpted 3D human avatars and other aesthetic features have helped it become one of the fastest-growing poker communities online.” Besides the network’s flagship room, other Cake Poker Network sites include DoylesRoom and Phil Laak’s Unabomber Poker.
In recent weeks, Players Only and Sportsbook.com made the move from the Cake Poker Network to the Merge Gaming Network, the latter of which promptly doubled in size. Displaced Players Only and Sportsbook.com players who wish to remain on the Cake Poker Network can have their hard-earned Gold Chips, Gold Cards, and Gold Stacks transferred over to Intertops. Other Cake Poker Network sites have also welcomed Players Only and Sportsbook.com customers, even offering new rakeback accounts.
According to PokerScout.com, which keeps tabs on online poker room traffic, the Cake Poker Network has shed about 30% of its cash game traffic since the April 15th move of Players Only and Sportsbook.com, while the Merge Gaming Network has swelled 166%. Year over year, the Merge Gaming Network has grown 85%, while the Cake Poker Network has shrunk by 17%. How the migration of Intertops will affect traffic on the Cake Poker Network is not yet known. One month ago, it added JuicyStakes, BeteXpress, and Kakuy Poker.
Intertops customers will now have the chance to participate in the Cake Poker Network’s $150,000 May Points Race. Similar to the competition held in April, the Cake Poker Network’s May Points Race features multipliers in weeks two, three, and four, meaning that players who begin late still have a fighting chance of winning. The top 300 players will cash in the Cake Poker Network’s $50,000 Monthly Points Race. One Frequent Player Point (FPP) is equivalent to one Race Point.
Also taking place on the Cake Poker Network in May are Door Crasher Tournaments, which run until 15th. Tournaments will randomly pop up in the lobby and players have 10 minutes to register. The buy-ins for the Door Buster Tournaments range from one Gold Chip to $30 and limited seating is available. Look for these special events daily between 12:00pm and 2:00pm ET and again from 9:00pm to 11:00pm ET.
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