There's likely no correlation between them partnering with Intertops
to pool players, and their speed of cashouts. Although someone speculated that Intertops must be comfortable with Juicy reconciling with them before they would partner, which may bode well for player cashouts, they're not necessarily related. I could envision there being excuses for giving priority to reconciliation over player cashouts.
If anything, hopefully Juicy's new owners will want to improve cashouts. But now there's a $100 fee for check withdrawals, which is likely intended to limit the casual withdrawals until the new owners can get a handle on cashflow. Only time will tell if they lower that fee at some point.
To be clear, two things actually happened:
1. Juicy was acquired by new ownership.
2. Intertops and Juicy joined up to pool their players and segregate their higher stakes games and many MTTs from the rest of the network. Their lower stakes games still pool with Revolution.
An interesting side note is that Juicy was listed as the operators of Revolution, and presumably the new Juicy ownership will continue that role. Lock doesn't own/operate Revolution despite what most people think. Lock has only a piece of Revolution because (surprise!) they didn't follow through on their end of the deal and so never completed the takeover. Ownership reverted back to Juicy. As to the relationship between Cake (the original network operator) and Juicy and how Juicy came into being operator, from what I'm interpreting, Cake setup Juicy to be the flagship skin and ultimately network operators, and Cake Poker
is now WinCake on a different network. I've not tried to rundown the Cake specifics in all this yet.
As is common with online poker operations, it's definitely a twisted web of ownership and control at play.