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Online Poker Player Traffic Update - November 18, 2014

Cash game player traffic saw a 1% uptick in action last week, the third consecutive week that online poker players the world over logged on in greater numbers than the week before.

The industry was hit hard by the shutdown of Ultimate Poker (UP) yesterday after Ultimate Gaming announced on Friday that a departure was coming. UP launched as the nation’s first legal online poker site a bit more than 18 months ago, but has now retreated due to Nevada’s small pool of players limited by the current intrastate format.

The writing is on the wall that small states need to partner up in the Multi State Internet Gaming Agreement that Nevada and Delaware entered into in February but have yet to launch. There were apparently other problems over at UP that hindered progress and caused Silver State players to choose instead, with lack of up-to-date software perhaps the most glaring.’s player numbers have already spiked following UP’s shutdown. This appears to be Real Gaming’s opportunity to take a stab at grabbing some of that market and a recently announced Sit & Go promotion may entice some players.

Ten victories in 9-man Sit & Gos in one month’s time is worth up to $150 in bonus cash at Real Gaming. That’s provided enough players are around to fill up the tables during the 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. times that the promo is in effect.

Spin & Went

The Spin & Go craze has lessened slightly, assuming that an increase in cash game traffic at PokerStars has come at the expense of those players who had been testing the new game. PokerScout reports that PokerStars’ cash game player average is back up to 19,000. That number was hovering around 20,000 before the Spin & Go frenzy arrived, and reached as low as 18,000 during the lottery Sit ‘N Gos’ peak.

But ring game traffic at PokerStars will likely dip again now that the Billionth Tournament Carnival promotion has gotten underway. Over $3 million in bonus money is being offered in the form of inflated guaranteed prize pools and Golden Sit & Gos for a two-week stretch as PokerStars prepares to celebrate the hosting of tournament no. 1,000,000,000.

Bet on Adjarabet to lose player traffic

The promo at PokerStars is beginning just as Adjarabet’s PokerMasters promotion ended. Five weeks and over $300,000 in bonus cash later, players who had been enticed by the money and missions at Adjarabet may be headed to greener pastures.

Adjarabet is clinging to sixth place in the global rankings with a 1,500-player average, but PokerScout expects that to change by next week considering that cash game player traffic was halved once the promo had run its course. Two back-to-back promos saw Adjarabet claw its way into the top ten and reach as high as third at one point, but a descent may be on the horizon.

Top ten shuffle

Elsewhere in the top ten poker rooms and networks worldwide, Full Tilt moved up to fourth place while PartyPoker slipped to fifth. Bodog/Bovada also tumbled slightly in falling to eighth place, while took over seventh.

Full Tilt’s two-year anniversary since relaunching came and went earlier this month without much fanfare or mention. Think back to November 6, 2012 and all the hoopla surrounding the resurrection that included rest-of-world players being reimbursed $184 million. Some U.S. players have still not been paid.

In mid-November 2013, ring game traffic was 14% greater than it is today. I wouldn’t expect much improvement in that percentage until more states approve online poker legislation.



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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.