Ring game traffic fell for the fourth straight week as the online poker industry continues to attract less players than days gone by.
Last week, 1% fewer players made their way to the virtual felt than the week before. Year-on-year numbers show a much steeper decline of 15% from this time in March, 2013, PokerScout reported.
A newcomer to the global rankings is Unibet, currently landing 26th with roughly 300 cash players in a seven-day average. That’s just an estimate, however, as the recreational player-friendly standalone site has decided not to allow traffic tracking by PokerScout.
A Unibet rep did reveal the site’s current traffic on a 2 + 2 posting last week, indicating that 506 cash players were logged on and receiving hole cards at the time. Since departing MPN, the new Unibet has made quite a splash on its own while working to rectify a few glitches that are common upon such a re-launch.
Another new arrival to the PokerScout rankings is Adda52.com from India. An estimated 90 cash players on average puts the site at 47th globally. Two variations of Rummy are available and Adda52 is listed as U.S.-friendly, using the English language exclusively.
The top ten poker rooms and networks saw some shifting in positions over the last week, with PartyPoker creeping into a virtual tie for fourth place with Full Tilt. The biggest dive went to Winamax, now finding itself in ninth place following the conclusion of its billionth hand promotion.
Since that promo ended after paying out €100,290.04 in milestone hand bonuses, cash game traffic has tumbled 19% at Winamax. Coincidentally, that is the same percentage that the French-facing site has lost since this time last year.
With the descent of Winamax, PokerStars.it, PokerStars.es and Bodog moved up to 6th through 8th, respectively. Those three poker rooms were slotted in the 7-9 positions in last week’s update.
Tenth place currently belongs to PokerStars.fr, who managed to boot Adjarabet into 11th after previously being tied for inclusion in the top ten. As expected, MPN fell further off the pace of the sites vying for upper echelon status with the loss of Unibet players. MPN is now in a 12th place tie with The Hive, a relative newcomer to the online poker scene at just a few months old.
In the regulated U.S. market, New Jersey’s Party Borgata enjoyed a 10% gain in cash traffic thanks to several promotions that kicked off in March. Party Borgata is 32nd worldwide and fourth among U.S.-friendly poker rooms and networks, whether regulated or unregulated.
In the U.S. unregulated market, the Equity Poker Network continues to slowly add players. The recent addition of Action Poker to the network may be responsible for a portion of that gain at the expense of the Chico Poker Network, where Action had been a skin.