The overall online poker industry saw 1% more cash game traffic last week, which was the fourth consecutive week of gains.
Not much movement occurred among the top ten, except for PokerStars.es grabbing hold of seventh place and knocking Winamax down a peg to eighth. Full Tilt is still clinging to second place with a seven-day average of 2,600 players. iPoker, 888Poker and PartyPoker are right behind with 2,500, 2,200 and 2,100 players, respectively.
PokerScout reports that four of the industry’s top ten have shown annual growth, which is quite an achievement considering that the overall market has declined almost 15% from the same time last year. Those four annual gainers are PokerStars, PokerStars.it, Bodog/Bovada and 888Poker.
In the case of Bodog/Bovada, take those positive results with a grain of salt. Bodog removes tables from its lobby offerings once those tables have become filled with players. It’s likely difficult to track player numbers with precise accuracy due to this maneuver.
In the regulated U.S. market, Delaware’s cash traffic has risen a bit. It’s ultimate peak since launching November 8 reached 64 players. But the seven-day average clocks in at only 14 cash players. The idea of forging an interstate compact with Nevada seems to get better on a daily basis.
Speaking of Nevada, WSOP.com continues to lead Ultimate Poker for market share in the Silver State. Mum’s the word from Nevada regulators on when additional sites will join the party and further dilute the player pool.
All eyes remain on New Jersey and the online gambling soft launch set for Thursday. The real-money full launch is now just one week away, provided that any glitches and issues that arise during the five-day soft launch are worked out to the satisfaction of New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement regulators.