The iPoker Network has caught PartyPoker in cash game player traffic, with both locked in a dead heat for second place.
As of this writing, PokerScout tabulations show both to be enjoying 3,250 cash game players on a seven-day average. PartyPoker lost about 50 players from last week’s totals, while iPoker gained 100 to pull into a second place tie.
iPoker has been buoyed recently by the addition of skins such as Dusk Till Dawn and Betfair. Ladbrokes is also set to migrate to the top online poker network by the end of May, which could very well allow iPoker to claim the second place ranking all alone.
Full Tilt, who held second place almost exclusively since relaunching on Nov. 6 until tumbling to fourth place last week, saw its cash game player numbers decline even further. Weighing in at 3,100 players on a seven-day average just a week ago, the sister site of number one ranked PokerStars now averages 2,950. Rounding out fifth place, 888Poker is 500 players behind Full Tilt at 2,450.
Overall, online poker traffic dropped 2% last week, the third week in a row showing a decline. There are 8% fewer players than one year ago at this time despite the influx of some $184 million when rest-of-world Full Tilt players were reunited with their funds less than five months ago.
PokerStars continues to dwarf the competition with a seven-day average of 23,600 cash game players. The top online poker site also unveiled last week the new games of 5-Card Omaha, 5-Card Omaha Hi/Lo, Courchevel and Courchevel Hi/Lo. Time will tell if these these Omaha variants will find a loyal following among online players.