Owned by an energy drink company, this site is certainly dynamic.
In what is believed may be the second network move in its relatively short life, Victory Poker.com, an online poker enterprise whose high profile owner Dan Fleyshman is primarily in the energy drink business, is rumoured to be about to switch from the Cake Network to Blanca Gaming's Cereus Network.
Whilst Fleyshman has not revealed details, he has admitted to signing an agreement without naming the other party, de facto confirming that a move is imminent. Fleyshman's public comment gives a major hint at where Victory is going, however: “I would be excited to join a network that hosts the third largest site in the U.S. and has very few partners to focus on. It would be great for everyone involved.”
The departure will hardly be good news for Cake. Victory has been energetically promoted by Fleyshman and is understood to have a healthy following. Added to the departure of an important site like Doyle's Room recently, it could be a painful player liquidity hit for the network, which will need all the promotional muscle its recent partnership with poker publication Pokerlistings can give it.
Looked at from another perspective, Cereus is considerably larger than Cake, with a 7 day average just short of 2 000 cash game players and a 24 hour current peak of over 3 000, according to independent Pokerscout stats. That has to be good news for both operator and players, although the network's past history of cheating allegations remains a shadow on its reputation for many pokerheads.
Victory Poker's last network change took place late last year, when it left the Everleaf network on which it launched to join Cake.