Cash game player traffic among the industry’s top ten poker rooms and networks saw an increase of 1,150 players over the last month, with seven of the ten experiencing more crowded tables.
The bulk of the increase went to the top two poker rooms worldwide, as PokerStars gained 500 players from 15,000 to 15,500 and 888poker now averages 400 more from 2,000 to 2,400. That’s a whopping 20% increase for 888poker, as that 100% up to $888 Welcome Bonus likely turned some heads in September.
Third-ranked Bodog/Bovada saw no change at 1,700 players and remains the only top ten poker room at which PokerScout.com must estimate player traffic, as cash game tables vanish from the poker lobby once they become filled. But Bovada players have not vanished, with the site continuing to hold its place as the industry leader in the unregulated U.S. market by a wide margin.
The Rest of the Top Ten
Five other top ten poker rooms gained players over the past month, with two of those adding 100 players and three poker sites picking up 50. The iPoker Network, ranked 4th worldwide, added 50 players to 1,350. As did Partypoker, holding down 6th with 1,050 ring game players. Full Tilt also saw a 50-player boost to 850, remaining in 9th place.
The 100-player gainers were PokerStars.it and Winamax.fr, the former now enjoying a seven-day average of 1,300 players and trailing the iPoker Network in 5th place. Winamax jumped to 1,050, pulling into a virtual tie with Partypoker in 6th and actually averaging more players during a 24-hour peak.
The only two poker sites that saw action decrease in the past month come from the PokerStars family. PokerStars.es fell 50 players to 900, as did PokerStars.fr, to 700. The offering in Spain is ranked 8th worldwide, while the France-facing site holds down 10th by 50 players over MPN.
U.S. Regulated Market
Player traffic numbers were not as rosy in the regulated U.S. online poker market as in the top ten worldwide. Unfortunately, numbers were down for all three networks and the prospect of seeing additional states join the online poker party remain rather glum, at least for 2015.
WSOP.com and 888poker in New Jersey dropped 20 players to 170, while BorgataPoker.com and Partypoker NJ lost 10 to fall to 110. The latter pairing is preparing to host the Garden State Super Series III next month from October 11-25, which may pull some cash game players over to the tournament tables.
WSOP.com in Nevada and the poker rooms in Delaware now combine to average 160 players. That’s 10 less than a month ago.
The Chico Poker Network took over sole possession of 2nd place in the unregulated U.S. market by adding 100 players to 600. The Winning Poker Network, previously tied with Chico at 500, gained 25 cash game players and sits at 525.
The Merge, Equity and Revolution networks did not fare as well, each tumbling in player action. Merge took the biggest hit, from 260 to 220, while Equity dropped 10 players to 120 and Revolution lost half as many players as that to fall to 80.