With the weather warming up now that June has arrived, action on the online poker cash tables cooled off and ended up 2% less than the previous week.
Another factor likely contributing to the decline was the conclusion of a milestone hand promotion at PokerStars. The industry leader continues to sit on its perch well above all other online poker rooms even though its seven-day average has fallen to an even 20,000 ring game players.
While PokerStars’ player numbers tilted slightly downward, money in the pockets of former U.S. Full Tilt players will again be heading upward as another $15 million is set to be paid out in the remission process by the middle of June. It’s likely that some of that cash will go toward buy-ins at the 45th annual WSOP currently underway in Las Vegas.
The influx of pro players in Nevada resulted in WSOP.com gaining 9% more cash game action last week. PokerScout pointed out that although 9% may seem like a lot, it actually equals 10 additional players as the average “swelled” from 110 to 120 players while the pros are in town. At last glance, those player numbers continue to rise even further as the latest update shows a gain to 130 players in a seven-day average.
Nevada’s other poker site, Ultimate Poker, coincidentally lost 9% of ring game traffic and now averages just 50 players. The first-to-market advantage that UP enjoyed for a few months after launching has diminished due to the strong brand recognition of WSOP.
Elsewhere in U.S. online poker traffic news, Bovada announced last week that it will no longer accept new signups in New Jersey, but will allow those in the Garden State who already have an established account to continue playing. Bodog/Bovada slipped to eighth place in the worldwide market, but it’s unlikely that the new policy in New Jersey is the reason.
While Bodog lost a notch and a half after being in a tie for sixth place last week, PokerStars.es moved up to seventh. Also gaining a position were Winamax and PokerStars.fr, who now claim the ninth and tenth spots, respectively. The Georgia-based Adjarabet got booted out of the top ten as a result.
Continuing a rapid decline that began nine weeks ago is the All American Poker Network in New Jersey. The decrease coincides with the conclusion of an 80% rakeback promotion. Perhaps a new promo is in order for AAPN considering that the dwindling player numbers show no signs of reversing.
Delaware reported a loss in online poker revenue in April when compared to March numbers. A 12% decrease points toward the need for the interstate compact with Nevada to launch sooner rather than later. However, in terms of online gambling revenue, Delaware enjoyed its fifth consecutive monthly increase and is the only regime among the trio of regulated states that has consistently reported monthly revenue gains since launching.
The global online poker market is 8% less than early June in 2013. But hope may be on the way as Pennsylvania is holding an online gambling hearing today and an Internet poker bill is likely to be introduced in the Keystone State later this month. Also, a coalition of California tribes are expected to release their preferred online poker bill sometime this week.