Cash game action among poker sites and networks vying to be included in the top ten and those already there hoping to move up in position became quite competitive over the last week in the global online poker market.
Winamax, on the strength of its billionth hand promotion that promises at least €100,000 to players involved in milestone hands leading up to and including the big one, has vaulted into a tie for fourth place with Full Tilt as of this writing. Using a marketing strategy perfected by PokerStars, the promo at Winamax has allowed the French-facing site to rack up a seven-day average of 2,100 players.
That 2,100 trails the 2,300 of third place iPoker Network and 2,500 of second place 888poker. Nudged out of the top five into sixth place was PartyPoker at 2,000 cash players, according to PokerScout.
Last week, PokerStars.fr had sole possession of tenth place. But at the moment, PokerStars’ French offering is mired in a three-way tie with Adjarabet and MPN for the last spot in the top ten, averaging 1,150 cash players.
MPN will officially lose Unibet players in five days, as Unibet’s new poker room launched successfully on February 19 and will go it alone from March 2 forward. Until that time, Unibet players can choose to play at the old poker room at MPN or the new standalone site that is geared toward recreational players. Check out a video review of the new Unibet brought to you by PokerVIP and PokerTube at the bottom of this page.
In the regulated U.S. market, Real Gaming joined Ultimate Poker and WSOP last week as the third poker site available to Nevada residents. However, that market is no longer restricted to players in Nevada. Earlier today, the governors of Nevada and Delaware signed the first-ever interstate partnership agreement that will pool players among the two states.
There is not yet a specific date as to when Delaware and Nevada will put their new agreement into effect on the virtual felt. Once the technological aspects have been worked out, both states will be good to go under their new alliance. Both have reached out to New Jersey to also sign on, and have likewise extended a welcome to any other states that should happen to enact online poker legislation in the future.
Player traffic among U.S. poker rooms and networks may see an increase of players come Friday when the first batch of reimbursement payments in the Full Tilt remission process are scheduled to be deposited in player bank accounts via ACH. It’s been a long time coming – almost three years – and it’s likely that at least some of that initial $82 million will be funneled back onto online poker tables.