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Online Poker Player Traffic Update - January 28, 2014

After one week in sixth place, PartyPoker moved back up to its familiar fifth place ranking in worldwide cash player traffic, pushing PokerStars.it down out of the top five.

PokerStars continues to dominate the online poker industry as it has since shortly after the UIGEA was enacted in October, 2006. Among the rest of the top five, only 200 cash players separate each of the poker rooms and networks. Holding down second through fifth place are 888poker, iPoker, Full Tilt, and PartyPoker, respectively.

In other changes among the top ten poker sites, Bodog advanced one position to eighth, sending Winamax down to ninth. Also gaining one spot in the rankings was MPN, who moved back into the top ten. In so doing, MPN nudged another PokerStars offering, PokerStars.fr, to 11th place.

While slower cash action was anticipated on the iPoker Network due to the recent launch of Twister Poker on its SitNGo tables, the rollout commenced on only a handful of skins. Plans are for the rest of the network to eventually catch up, but until then, ring game traffic will likely remain somewhat stable.

The Merge Gaming Network saw traffic lessen by 4% last week, as players from Delaware and New Jersey have posted on 2 + 2 that they are being locked out of skins such as Carbon Poker and Sportsbook. The missives from customer service sent to players tend to say things like “we no longer offer online gaming services to members in Delaware” or that “your account has been banned as per restrictions set in your state.”

Speaking of Delaware, that state’s online gambling regime took in revenue of only $253,000 for the first two months of operation. That figure represents not only online poker, but a few other casino games as well. Delaware online poker sites average less than two dozen cash game players over a seven-day period. The First State could seriously use the boost that interstate partnership agreements would provide.

Things are looking better in New Jersey, where a new high in player traffic was set last week. Much of the spike in action is attributable to a 100% up to $400 reload bonus offered by WSOP.com. That allowed player traffic to skyrocket almost 30% at the Caesars site. But the All American Poker Network and Party Borgata also saw an increase of activity on the cash tables. The former saw an 8% rise in ring game action, while the latter enjoyed 7% more players than the week before.

The seven-day average player count tumbled almost 50% at SealsWithClubs as the Bitcoin-only poker room was forced to shut down for a couple days. A “nasty” distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack was the culprit. The poker room is now up and running once again, with a post on the website thanking “all our loyal players for sticking with us.”

The overall online poker industry saw a 2% decline in player traffic last week, PokerScout reported. Last year at this time, cash tables at poker rooms and networks worldwide had 10% more players than are logging on now.

 

 

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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.

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