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Cake Poker Room Review

Published March 11, 2010 - RSS/XML Feed RSS
Cake Poker is one of the newer online poker rooms, launching in 2006 on their own unique Cake Network which includes online poker rooms such as Sportsbook Poker, Doyles Room and PlayersOnly.  Cake has seen a steady growth in the past years but has yet to gain enough players to compete with the likes of Pokerstars or Full Tilt. However, despite the lack of earth-shattering traffic, Cake Poker does still bring in a crowd due to their excellent customer support, generous promotions and their ability to welcome U.S players to the tables.

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Cake Poker Cash Games & Tournaments

 
The usual game types such as Hold'em, Omaha and 7 Card Stud are all offered at Cake Poker. However, the vast majority of Cake's player traffic is directed at the Hold'em tables. During peak hours a player should not have trouble finding a table at most stakes at the Hold'em tables but may be waiting a while for a selection of Stud or Omaha tables to fill up.
 
Cake Poker attracts many new players by offering large tournaments every week, such as the $150,000 guaranteed tournament which is run every Sunday. Regular tournaments are run 24/7 with buy-ins from a little as $1 up to around $300.
 
Cake Poker Traffic & Competition
 
Cake Poker is linked to all the other poker sites that are run on the Cake Network such as Sportsbook Poker and PlayersOnly. This means that when you are playing at Cake Poker, you may actually be playing against players logged into other poker rooms on the Cake Network. This interactive system means that all sites on the Cake Network have the highest possible traffic meaning it is easier to find a table with the game type and stake you want. During peak hours you can find up to 2000 players at the tables.
 
The majority of players at Cake Poker are low-mid stake players as most high-stake players play at online poker rooms such as Full Tilt Poker or Pokerstars. The level of play isn't the strongest at Cake by any means and a player of a decent standard should be able to build a successful bankroll with some patience and skill.

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Cake Poker Software & Graphics
 
Despite the Cake Poker software being solid and reliable, it is very basic and standard. The layout lacks the colourful, attractive graphics found at some of the larger rooms and some of the functions, such as table-stake filters, are nowhere to be seen. The lack of features and design puts a lot of high-stake players off and so some 'juicy' games can be found at the low-mid stake tables. If you are happy with playing without fancy graphics and features then you could find yourself playing against some very weak competition.
 

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Cake Poker Bonus
 
Cake Poker is one of the best online poker rooms for providing its players with generous bonuses and promotions such as their excellent sign-up bonus.  
 
New players to Cake Poker will receive a 110% bonus on their first deposit up to $600. Bonuses are paid out in $10 increments when the required number of 'frequent player points' (known at Cake as 'Cake Slices') have been accumulated. Points are earned by playing at real-money cash tables and by entering tournaments and Sit-n-Go's with entry fees. For every $1 paid in rake at the ring-game tables, 1 FPP is earned. 7 points are earned for every $1 paid in tournament fees.

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New players will also be eligible for the Cake Poker Loyalty Program which include 'Gold Chips' and 'Gold Cards'. Gold Chips are collected when a certain number of FPP (Cake Slices) are earned. Gold Chips can then be exchanged for entries into tournaments and merchandise. Gold Cards are given out each day to Cake players who spend time at the tables. Gold Cards can be exchanged for merchandise or, if 52 are collected, can be exchanged for a jackpot of $52,000.
 
Cake Poker Support
 
The Cake Poker support team is available via email 24/7. You can contact them at support@cakepoker.com. In our experience the response time has been one of the fastest we have known and the team seem very knowledgeable and helpful.
 
Cake Poker Deposit & Withdrawal options
 
Cake Poker offers their players a variety of deposit and withdrawal options which are listed below.
 
Deposit options: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Visa Electron, Maestro, Solo, Delta, Netteller, Moneybookers, Webmoney , ClickandBuy, UseMyWallet, ewalletxpress, Ukash, ECOcard and paysafecard.
 
Withdrawal options: Check, Netteller, ECOcard, Moneybookers, Webmoney, ClickandBuy, UseMyWallet and ewalletxpress.

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Pros
 
- Some of the best poker promotions and bonuses available 
Nickname change feature
Accepts U.S players
- Very soft competition
 
Cons
 
- No withdrawals via credit or debit card
- Only one free check withdrawal per month, each subsequent check withdrawal carries a $35 fee
- Plain graphics & limited features
- Traffic can be low at off-peak times



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