Ring game player traffic increased overall at the top ten online poker rooms and networks this month, especially at PokerStars where a three-day player strike could not compete with a Christmas promotion.
The current seven-day average of cash game players at the world’s most popular poker site sits at 17,000, according to PokerScout. That’s an increase from 14,500 when December began.
Five more top ten poker sites experienced a boost in player traffic over the past 30 days, among them were PokerStars.it (1,250) and Partypoker (1,100). Ranked 5th and 6th worldwide, the former gained 100 players while the latter picked up 50.
Also on the increase were three poker rooms that are currently in a dead heat in slots 8-10, each with 900 players. Full Tilt grabbed 50 more players, PokerStars.es added 100, and Adjarabet player traffic jumped by 150.
New Top Ten Entry
Adjarabet booted MPN out of the top ten with its influx of cash game players. Those players are likely attracted to a six-week promotion that began on December 21 and will pay out 200,000 GEL to players who complete various missions. That’s about $83,000 in U.S. dollars at the current exchange rate.
Two top ten poker rooms or networks saw a decrease in player action in December, while two others remained stable. Fourth-ranked iPoker Network lost 150 players to fall to 1,350, and Winamax.fr saw cash game action decline by 50 to 1,000. Winamax remains 7th worldwide and likely lost ring game players to its Expresso Eleven promo at the jackpot SitNGo tables.
Neither gaining nor losing players were 888Poker (2,300) and Bodog/Bovada (1,700), 2nd and 3rd in the rankings. We may see traffic rise at 888Poker in the future, as the site recently rolled out a new advertising campaign called “Live the Game” that’s designed to attract recreational players.
The growth in player traffic among the top ten poker rooms did not carry over to the regulated poker sites in the good ol’ US of A. In New Jersey, the WSOP.com and 888Poker partnership at least kept pace with November at 190 players, but the Partypoker and Borgata Poker tandem lost 20 players and now averages 120.
WSOP.com had a level month In Nevada as well. Its interstate partnership with Delaware saw no fluctuation in ring game player traffic from month to month, remaining at 160 players.
Playing at unregulated poker sites in the U.S. may be hazardous to your bankroll. Just ask any players who patronized UltimateBet, Lock Poker and Absolute Poker. Despite the warnings, the games continue, with WPN being the most popular choice after Bovada.
There was neither a gain nor loss of players at WPN (650). Ditto that for the Merge (240) and Revolution (120) networks. The only decrease among the major unregulated sites was felt by Chico (550) in the form of 50 players.
The lone gainer was the Equity Poker Network (120), who picked up 10 more players while also picking up new ownership. A press release distributed earlier this month revealed that a new team of investors is now in control at EPN.