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Cash game player traffic fell 1% last week, marking the second week in a row that the online poker industry experienced less action on ring game tables than the week before.

The previous week’s decrease was 5%, which makes last week’s 1% dip seem mild in comparison. The end of April in 2014 had 8% more players than this year, PokerScout.com reported, as the year-on-year numbers continue to hold firm in negative territory.

The industry’s top ten poker rooms and networks all held their same positions, with a slight fluctuation in player traffic numbers experienced by some. One of those was PokerStars, as the peerless leader among poker rooms currently enjoys an average of 17,500 cash game players – down from 18,500 a week ago.

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888poker, in second place worldwide, gained 100 players during the week to reach a seven-day average of 2,300. Tied for third are the iPoker Network and Bodog/Bovada, both of whom neither gained nor lost players and sit at 1,700.

PokerStars.it remained in fifth while losing 10% of its players, from 1,500 to 1,350. Traffic at sixth place Full Tilt also decreased, albeit only 100 players to 1,300. Full Tilt’s recent aim to improve traffic by doing away with Adrenaline Rush and other unpopular tables has not yet paid off.

Seventh-ranked Partypoker (1,250) and PokerStar.es (1,000) in eighth experienced no change for the week, while Winamax saw its cash game average fall to 950 players. Rounding out the top ten is PokerStars.fr, whose ring game action declined by 6% to 800.

Good-bye to Lock Poker

The biggest news over the past week concerning player traffic was the apparent shutdown of Lock Poker. The site hadn’t honored cashout requests for over one year by some accounts and longer than that by others.

Poker rooms like Lock Poker give the industry a bad name and it’s best to be rid of them completely. It bears repeating that regulation in the U.S. would keep scam sites like Lock Poker from ever gaining a foothold in the market.

Among other U.S.-friendly unregulated sites not in the top ten, the Winning Poker Network is the most popular with a player average of 500, down 5% from a week ago. The Chico Poker Network remained even-Steven at 475, while the Equity Poker Network (150) and Revolution (100) did likewise.

U.S. Regulated Poker Sites

The only change in the past seven days among the poker rooms operating in Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey saw the Borgata and Partypoker pairing gain 9% in player traffic average from 110 to 120.

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Still top dog in NJ are WSOP.com and 888poker, with that partnership playing host to 170 ring game players.

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Leading the regulated U.S. Internet poker market are Nevada’s WSOP.com and its interstate compact with Delaware. One-hundred eighty players grace those virtual tables at any given time.

Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.

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