Player traffic fell a collective 2.2% at the ring game tables of the top ten online poker rooms and networks the past 30 days, with half of those ten reporting a decrease and two sites remaining stable.
That means that three poker rooms experienced a rise in cash game player traffic.The biggest gainer was Bodog/Bovada, as the 3rd most popular poker site worldwide added 100 more players and currently averages 1,800.
Apparently, a recent report indicating that Bovada may be rigged, fraught with bots, collusion and ‘super user’ activity has not swayed players from logging on. The lengthy report was published anonymously, which makes its believability highly suspect.
The other two poker sites or networks that saw player traffic bump upward were 4th-ranked iPoker Network (1,400) and PartyPoker (1,100) in 6th. Both picked up 50 more players on average. iPoker appears to be benefiting from its recent decision to abolish a two-tier network split, while Partypoker has likely become more popular by getting rid of tracking software and the like on October 1.
Sites that Lost Players or Remained Stable
PokerStars fell from 15,500 to 15,000 cash game players over the last month, a decline of 3.2%. But the drop may be misleading as those players may have merely shifted over to Spin & Go action where PokerStars has been making new millionaires while celebrating its 1-year anniversary of launching the lottery-style SitNGos.
Second-ranked 888poker (2,300) and PokerStars.it (1,200, 5th worldwide) both lost an average of 100 ring game players. The other two sites that saw traffic decrease were PokerStars.es (850) and Full Tilt (800). The pair are slotted 8th and 9th, respectively, and both experienced 50-player declines.
Winamax.fr (1,050) remained stable player-wise and position-wise (7th), as did PokerStars.fr (700). The France-facing PokerStars offering is in 10th place and in danger of losing its top ten ranking, as Adjarabet has pulled into a tie for the last slot.
U.S. Regulated Sites
The action on the cash tables in New Jersey remained stable, however the two networks operating shifted player numbers. WSOP.com and 888poker NJ saw a decrease of 10 ring gamers to 160, while BorgataPoker.com and Partypoker NJ picked up those 10 and now average 120.
In Nevada, WSOP.com and its liquidity sharing arrangement with the Delaware poker rooms saw a 10-player increase month-over-month. That makes up for a loss of the same amount the previous month.
U.S. Non-Regulated Sites
The Winning Poker Network picked up 50 cash game players to pull into a tie for second place with the Chico Network in the unregulated U.S. market. Chico dropped 50 players and both networks now sit at a seven-day average of 575 players, according to PokerScout.com. Bovada, as mentioned previously, hosts cash game action for 1,800.
The remaining U.S.-friendly poker rooms were a mixed bag in terms of shifting player counts. Merge (220) saw no change, the Equity Poker Network dropped 10 players to 110, and the Revolution Network added 30 players to tie EPN. That’s a 37.5% increase for Revolution, the largest gainer of the month percentage-wise.