The downward spiral of online poker player traffic reached its tenth consecutive week as the global market saw 2% less cash game action than the week before.
Bucking the trend last week was Full Tilt Poker, as PokerStars’ sister site is getting considerable mileage out of its Build Your Bonus promotion. FTP has taken over third place worldwide, a spot it may hold onto at least until the ring game promo ends on May 3.
Last week at this time, Full Tilt was tied with both PartyPoker and the iPoker Network for the third position globally. But as of this writing, iPoker slipped into fourth while PartyPoker tumbled further to fifth.
Coincidentally, both PartyPoker and iPoker skins lost traffic yesterday when a power plant explosion and fire in Gibraltar caused a power outage for several hours. PartyPoker was reportedly affected about three times longer than such iPoker skins as William Hill, Betfred and Ladbrokes. All systems are apparently go once again for the gaming sites that experienced shutdowns.
The power is on in New Jersey but malaise among East Coast players may be setting in because player traffic numbers have decreased for three months in a row, according to PokerScout. The hoopla surrounding New Jersey’s launch about five months ago is now a distant memory as the nation waits for more states to enter regulated online poker territory.
While New Jersey player numbers are waning, Delaware’s three Internet poker sites reported positive gains for the month of March. Revenue increased 14% over February totals, but was still less than both December and January. A combined player pool with Nevada per an interstate agreement should take effect in a few months, which may cause a few more Delawareans to log on and play online poker.
In the unregulated U.S. online poker market, the Merge Gaming Network continues to enjoy about 75% more action since desegregating player pools roughly two weeks ago. The increased cash player traffic has coincided with larger tournament fields, which enabled the network to boost tourney prize pool guarantees.
Although not a guarantee but almost certainly a sure bet is that online poker traffic in 2014 will never match the same cash player numbers it did in 2013. As it stands currently, 10% less players are joining ring game action than the third week of April last year.