Online poker at Partypoker’s cash game tables increased considerably since the first week of August, regaining a previous 40% drop in action that was likely the result of a DDoS attack.
Roughly three weeks ago, Partypoker was knocked out of the top ten worldwide and averaged just 600 ring game players, according to PokerScout. But that misfortune is over and traffic has since re-stabilized, catapulting Partypoker back into 6th place globally with 1,000 players in a seven-day average.
Another site that has experienced large fluctuations in player traffic lately is Full Tilt. The goal to reshape online poker and attract casual players is the cause of the variance, as players contemplate whether they can do better elsewhere.
Player traffic at Full Tilt fell from roughly 1,000 last month all the way down to 600 in early August after the announced changes began taking effect. However, the most recent roll out last week of the new Players Club rewards program has seemingly grabbed the attention of those deserters, as 200 players either returned or signed up anew because ring game traffic at PokerStars’ sister site now sits at 800 – good for 9th place worldwide.
Speaking of PokerStars, the cash game tables became a bit more congested at the industry leader, rising from 14,500 players to 15,000 in the last 21 days. Two of three PokerStars’ ring-fenced offerings also saw a rise in cash game action, as PokerStars.it (+50 to 1,200, 5th worldwide) and PokerStars.es (+50 to 950, 8th) enjoyed gains. PokerStars.fr (-50 to 750, 10th) went in the opposite direction.
The remaining top ten poker sites ran the gamut of player traffic variance, as #2 ranked 888poker dropped 100 players from 2,100 to 2,000, 7th-ranked Winamax.fr lost half that many from 1,000 to 950, and the 4th place iPoker Network picked up 50 players to 1,300. Bodog/ Bovada, in 3rd place worldwide, remained stable at 1,700.
The Winning Poker Network (WPN) and Chico are tied for 2nd place in the non-regulated U.S. market behind Bovada. Both average 500 cash game players, with Chico experiencing a 25-player increase to catch up to the consistent WPN.
According to recent comments made by WPN honcho Phil Nagy, he is aiming his network toward a top five global ranking within a year’s time. Let’s see if that lofty goal is reached. To do so would require an increase in players of more than 140%.
The other three major unregulated networks experienced one gain and two losses in cash game player traffic. Revolution was on the upswing from 70 to 85, perhaps due to an announcement that cashouts will be free of charge. The Merge (-20 to 260) and Equity (-10 to 130) networks went slightly south.
In New Jersey, player traffic stayed the same as the numbers reported in the first week of August. The WSOP.com and 888poker pairing average 190 players, while Borgata and Partypoker together draw 120.
The Delaware poker rooms and WSOP.com in Nevada saw ring game action dip from 180 to 170 players in a seven-day average.