After battling to restart action for players in the United States over much of 2008, the online poker site Doyle’s Room, endorsed by ten-time WSOP bracelet winner and two-time World Champion Doyle Brunson, has left the Microgaming Network and reemerged on the online scene as a part of the Cake Poker Network.
As reported earlier on Poker News Daily and through e-mails, discussions with insiders in the affiliate world and customer support at Doyle’s Room, Poker News Daily has been able to learn that, effective today, new players who sign up for Doyle’s Room will be playing on the Cake network. Older versions of the Doyle’s Room software still operate on the Microgaming network, but this is due to change over the coming week.
In discussions with the customer support division at Doyle’s Room, it is critical that players do not load up both versions of Doyle’s Room. To be able to play on the proper network, existing players will have to uninstall the old Doyle’s Room software and load up the new network’s software from the site. For those players that are already on the Cake network, Doyle’s Room support states that once a player has uninstalled the older version and loaded the new one, you should be able to use your Cake network information to access the tables through Doyle’s Room.
The changeover for Doyle’s Room is simply the latest chapter in what has been a problematic journey for the site. Originally on the Tribeca Network and then on the Playtech platform (after the purchase of Tribeca by Playtech), Doyle’s Room was one of the sites that was affected by the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act (UIGEA) in 2006. The site eliminated access to American players in early 2007, transferring those players at that time to Full Tilt Poker and continuing on in the online world with non-American traffic.
Late in 2007, Doyle’s Room moved over to the Microgaming network and, although Microgaming would allow for U. S. action, the site did not immediately reaccept American players. In 2008, Doyle’s Room once again opened up for Americans to take part in the game, but another judicial decision fell against Doyle’s Room when Kentucky made a grab for the domain names of 141 online gaming and poker outlets. As one of those affected by the action in Kentucky, Microgaming pulled their action out of thirteen states and once again forced Doyle’s Room into the pursuit of another network.
For those that go to the Doyle’s Room site on the internet, there won’t appear to be any changes. Only at the bottom of the site does Doyle’s Room state that it is now a part of the Cake Network and promotions that are listed are in line with those that are also present on Cake. At press time, action on the still running Microgaming version of Doyle’s Room show around 8000 players at the tables. On the Cake site, approximately 4000 players were on the virtual felt. Poker News Daily will continue to monitor this situation and inform our readers of further changes as they occur.