The online poker industry has experienced 11 consecutive weeks of decreasing cash game player traffic. When we compare ring game action on July 1 to that of 26 weeks ago on January 1, we see that all but one of the top ten poker rooms and networks are well off the pace of the player averages reported by PokerScout six months ago.
Summertime can perhaps be considered the off-season for online poker. But let’s compare the numbers to see just how far off they actually are from when 2015 began.
On the Rise
The only top ten poker room to actually gain players in six months was Bodog/Bovada. The poker room that features anonymity under its Recreational Player Model saw action on the ring game tables rise 21.4% from 1,400 to 1,700. Bodog moved up four slots worldwide from 7th to 3rd.
How did Bodog buck the trend and gain while the rest of the top ten sites lost players? Perhaps because no states have regulated and launched online poker regimes since 2013 and players in the U.S. in non-regulated states still need to play somewhere.
Industry leader PokerStars saw cash game traffic fall 18.4% from 19,000 on Jan 1 to 15,500 today. That drop of 3,500 players would wipe out any other poker room or network, leaving the tables completely empty. That includes the 2,100-player average on second-ranked 888poker, who saw traffic fall 12.5% from 2,400.
The iPoker Network (1,450) tumbled from 3rd to 4th globally and now averages 27.5% less players than the 2,000 of a half-year ago. Landing in 5th is PokerStars.it, who actually gained a notch in the rankings despite a seven-day player average that dropped from 1,450 to 1,150.
Right behind PokerStars’ Italy-facing site in 6th is Partypoker, who fell one position within the top ten while losing 30% of its action since 2015 began – from 1,500 players to 1,050. Full Tilt’s ring game player average decreased even more than Partypoker at 44.4%, falling from 1,800 to 1,000. FTP also slid three positions from 4th to 7th.
Eighth-ranked Winamax.fr (850) enjoyed a 1,200-player average six months ago, a 29.2% decrease. PokerStars.es (750) was tied for 8th on Jan. 1, but lost 100 more players than Winamax since then and sits in 9th.
Kicked out of the top ten was Adjarabet (600), losing almost half its previous action of 1,150 players. Tenth place is now taken by both PokerStars.fr and MPN, who both average 650 cash game players.
Delaware teamed up with WSOP.com in Nevada in March and the pair average 190 players at present. Buoyed by the WSOP, that betters the averages of 140 and 12 that both recorded individually six months ago.
In New Jersey, the Partypoker and Borgata tandem have seen player action fall from 150 to 110. WSOP.com and 888poker teamed up in late January and their current average of 180 players is lower than the individual amounts of 120 and 80, respectively, on Jan. 1