Cash game player traffic for the month of January saw Full Tilt tumble out of the top ten, as PokerStars’ sister site lost 100 players and is now looking up at the industry’s ten most popular poker rooms and networks with a seven-day average of 800.
Full Tilt’s decrease was not the norm in January, as seven of the current top ten saw player traffic rise, according to PokerScout.com. Only two top tenners suffered losses, while one kept pace with December.
The decreases were recorded at third-ranked Bodog/Bovada (1,600) and Adjarabet (850). Bodog lost an estimated 100 ring game players, while Adjarabet (850) clings to the 10th spot despite experiencing a 50-player decrease. The site that remained stable was PokerStars.es (900), currently slotted 8th.
Increases Among Top Ten
PokerStars (17,500) added 500 players and that number may rise in February due to a month-long promotion celebrating 100 million player signups across sites operated by Amaya. It took less than 15 years to reach that total, which is quite an achievement by any standard.
No. 2 poker room 888poker (2,400) picked up 100 players, not a small feat considering its new Live the Game promo directs players to the tournament tables and away from cash game action. The iPoker Network (1,600) experienced the largest increase other than PokerStars at 250 players. Slotted 4th, iPoker announced a February promo entitled the €100K Carnival.
Gaining 50 players were both PokerStars.it (1,300) and Partypoker (1,150). The two are ranked 5th and 7th, respectively. Sandwiched in the middle in 6th is Winamax.fr (1,200). The France-facing poker room now counts 200 more players at its ring game tables.
PokerStars.fr (850) is a newcomer to the top ten, taking the place of Full Tilt. PokerStars’ offering in France is positioned 9th, with a 24-hour peak player total slightly more than Adjarabet. The two sites have identical seven-day player average totals.
Regulated in U.S.
Let’s give a cheer for the legal poker rooms in the U.S., as all saw player traffic rise in January. The WSOP.com and Delaware tandem gained 20 players to boost from 160 to 180 ring gamers.
The action in New Jersey kept pace with Nevada, at least at the Partypoker NJ and Borgata Poker partnership. Those two sites collectively added 20 players and now average 140. WSOP.com and 888poker NJ gained half that amount and currently play host to 200 cash game players.
Unregulated in U.S.
While Bovada enjoys top ten status, the Winning Poker Network is making moves in that direction. One-hundred more players brings WPN’s total to 750, good for 13th place worldwide.
Among the other U.S. unsafe sites, Chico (575) picked up 25 players, while Merge (280) and Revolution (160) both added 40. The Equity Poker Network (100) saw traffic go in the other direction at minus 20.
It’s worth noting that PokerScout now lists Revolution as the Horizon Network. Details are sketchy, but it appears that a re-branding may be in the works.