Full Tilt Poker‘s worldwide ranking of fifth place in cash game player traffic is in jeopardy as recent tabulations find that both PokerStars.it and Bodog have pulled into a tie with the Rational Group offering.
The latest numbers released by PokerScout indicate that 1,400 ring game players can be found at each of the three poker rooms in a seven-day average. Full Tilt had been firmly entrenched in the no. 5 slot for quite some time.
The reason Full Tilt is losing ground may be tied to its recent roll out of Jackpot SitnGos. Players are likely abandoning the cash tables to participate in three-handed Jackpot SitnGo tables in hopes of being seated at a table where the randomly selected prize pool may reach 2,000 times a single buy-in.
The concept was first introduced by Winamax.fr last year with Expresso Poker and has since been rolled out at the iPoker Network under the name Twister Poker and most recently at PokerStars.es as Spin & Go. Only Full Tilt offers prize pools at 2,000x, while the other three have capped the top prize at 1,000 times a buy-in.
When Winamax first released the innovative three-handed, winner-take-all, hyper-turbo Expresso Poker, play at its cash tables waned considerably. Odds are that Full Tilt ring games are experiencing a similar decrease and will likely do so at least until the novelty of playing a new game wears off.