Player traffic on cash tables declined for the third week in a row, resulting in a decrease for six of the last seven weeks in the global market overall.
Even more discouraging is the fact that the pace is 15% less from the same time last year. Part of the reason why the decline is so great is that players were flocking to PokerStars’ ring games at this time in 2013 to cash in on the 95 billionth hand promotion, PokerScout reported.
On the bright side, $76 million was injected into the bank accounts of U.S. players last Friday when the Garden City Group made the first round of payments to former U.S. Full Tilt players. Let’s see how much of that cash finds its way to online poker tables in coming weeks.
Among the top ten poker sites and networks, the billionth hand promo at Winamax concluded over the weekend. While last week’s online poker player traffic update saw Winamax in a fourth place tie with Full Tilt, the promo’s end finds Winamax in a tie with PartyPoker for fifth place as of this writing.
Winamax enjoyed a 28% increase in traffic during the height of its PokerStars-like promotion. But PokerScout predicts a tumble down to eighth place in the future now that the €100,000 giveaway is over. Players at the French-facing site received bonus cash in 111 jackpot hands during some 10 days of the promotion.
PokerStars, 888poker, iPoker and Full Tilt are 1 through 4 in the cash game rankings, respectively. Toward the lower end of the top ten, PokerStars.it, PokerStars.es and Bodog respectively occupy the 7 through 9 slots, while Adjarabet and PokerStars.fr remain tied for tenth.
MPN is slightly behind the tenth place position, just 50 players less than the other two in a seven-day average. Unibet is officially gone from MPN as of March 2, so it may be difficult for Microgaming to climb back into the top ten. However, a Blaze Cash Drop promo this week in which random MPN players are awarded €10 in bonus cash every 10 minutes may draw some low-stakes fast-folders.
Among U.S.-friendly poker sites, SealsWithClubs has seen a decrease in player traffic as of late. The drop likely coincides with the somewhat shaky status of Bitcoin following the closing last week of the Tokyo-based Mt. Gox exchange.
In the U.S. regulated market, PokerScout reports that player traffic is no longer on the upswing in Delaware, New Jersey or Nevada. While new player signups may trickle in from this point forward in either of the three markets, we can likely expect no more substantial increases.
The newest among the regulated sites, South Point Casino’s Real Gaming in Nevada, has dealt slightly more 2,000 hands since launching almost two weeks ago. The lack of action at the site is somewhat depressing, considering that South Point had early intentions of being first-to-market before Ultimate Poker won that title.