Cash game player traffic fell for the seventh consecutive week industry-wide, a seasonal trend that has been common in years past.
The dip in action was rather mild at under half a percent, but a decrease nonetheless. More concerning is the fact that year-over-year numbers show an 18% decline from the beginning of June last year, PokerScout reported.
Just one month ago, the year-over-year comparison was at an 8% decrease from this year to last. The debate over whether poker is dying will continue, but statistics clearly show that with regard to online poker, its heartbeat is not as healthy as it was previously.
While the online game hasn’t reached a level of needing life support, it most certainly could use a kickstart to the heart, to borrow a phrase from Vince Neil, Tommy Lee and their motley cohorts. Online poker regulation in a few more states such as California and Pennsylvania could provide that needed spark.
Top Ten Tango
When comparing numbers to a month ago, we find that Partypoker has moved up to a fifth place tie with PokerStars.it after holding down seventh place previously. That jump in the global rankings was accomplished despite losing 50 players on average over the past month to arrive at 1,200.
On the way down and now mired in seventh is Full Tilt. PokerStars’ sister site saw its seven-day average fall from 1,300 to 1,100 ring game players over the same span of time.
No poker rooms or networks within the top ten gained player traffic over the last month, which is understandable when looking at seven straight weeks of decline for the ipoker industry as a whole. The best to hope for was retaining the same player traffic average as a month ago, which was accomplished by third place Bodog/Bovada (1,700), eighth-ranked Winamax (950), and PokerStars.fr (800) in tenth.
All the other top ten sites or networks experienced declining traffic numbers month-over-month. That includes top dog PokerStars dropping 50 players to 17,000, their nearest pursuer 888poker with a 100-player dip to 2,200, fourth-ranked iPoker Network tumbling 11.8% to 1,500, PokerStars.it (sixth) now averaging 1,200 compared to 1,350 a month ago, and PokerStars.es (ninth) losing 150 players to land at a seven-day average of 850.
Regulated iPoker in U.S.
WSOP.com in Nevada has already benefited from the 46th annual WSOP that began on May 27. Cash game traffic is up 5.5% from 180 players to 190. Look for that average to spike considerably in June when more and more live tournament players turn to online poker at WSOP.com to take advantage of the added deposit bonuses available to both new and existing players.
In New Jersey, action in the regulated poker rooms remained steady. The Partypoker and Borgata alliance average 120 ring game players, while the WSOP.com and 888poker partnership lead the market with 170.