The top ten online poker rooms of the industry have seen 1,150 players more at the cash game tables during the last month. Cash games at seven of these ten sites had tables that were crowded more than usual.
Most of this increase in cash game traffic was witnessed at PokerStars and 888poker. While cash game traffic at PokerStars increased from 15k to 15,500 or 500 players, cash game traffic at 888poker increased from 2k to 2,400 or 400 players. This indicates a 20 percent increase in player traffic at 888poker, chiefly because the site’s welcome bonus of 100% up to $888 attracted a lot of attention.
Although there has been no change in player traffic at Bodog/Bovada, the site continues to retain its position of third biggest site in the international poker industry and a leading operator in the unregulated US online poker market.
Of the other poker sites in the top ten list, five witnessed traffic increase during the last month. While two of those sites got 100 more players, three sites got 50 more players each. The fourth biggest online poker network in the world, the iPoker Network, got 50 more players, increasing cash game traffic to 1,350. Partypoker, which occupies the sixth rank, attracted an average of 1,050 players to its ring games. Even Full Tilt, who occupies the ninth place, got an average of 850 players or 50 more to its cash game tables.
The operators who got 100 more players were Winamax.fr and PokerStars.it. While the latter is getting a weekly average of 1,300 players, the former is averaging 1,050 players. While the former trails behind iPoker Network, the latter is ranked sixth with partypoker.
Surprisingly, two PokerStars sites experienced a fall in poker player traffic during the last month. While player traffic at PokerStars.es fell to 900, traffic at PokerStars.fr fell to 700. While PokerStars’ Spanish offering occupies the 8th rank, its French site occupies the 10th position and is followed closely by Microgaming Poker Network (MPN).
Player traffic was not that high in regulated online poker markets across the US, discouraging a number of states that are considering the legalization of the game. WSOP.com NJ and 888poker NJ lost 20 players, while partypoker NJ and BorgataPoker.com NJ lost 10 players.
Online poker rooms in Delaware and Nevada are together getting an average of 160 players to their cash game tables, down by 10 players.