The iPoker Network regained second place in the global rankings and is currently averaging 2,500 cash players over a seven-day span.
Full Tilt Poker was nudged back into third place and is now tied with 888Poker in that slot with 2,300 weekly ring game players on average. The reason for Full Tilt’s tumble was the conclusion of its Big Bonus promotion that saw player traffic decrease 14%, PokerScout reported.
Among the top ten poker rooms and networks, the only other change saw MPN creep back into 10th place, while PokerStars’ offering in France got bumped to 11th. PokerStars still holds down three of the top ten slots, with PokerStars.it and PokerStars.es in 6th and 7th. Of course, PokerStars’ worldwide-friendly site minus the U.S. and ring-fenced jurisdictions dominates the industry with 23,000 cash players in a seven-day average.
Still no word from New Jersey regulators on whether PokerStars will be allowed to service players on the Eastern seaboard in the U.S. Players throughout New Jersey can now log onto the sites offered by six Atlantic City casinos as the Garden State’s soft launch has concluded and the hard launch for all those within the state is underway effective today.
There are seven casinos that have been approved by New Jersey regulators, but the Golden Nugget is not fully satisfied with its launch and will continue in testing mode for an unspecified amount of time. The five-day soft launch was not without its problems, but many of the geolocation and credit card deposit issues were expected and appear to be par for the course in any new online gambling rollout.
PokerScout has tracked the goings-on in New Jersey during the test period and thus far, WSOP is leading the pack. PartyPoker is a close second, with Ultimate Poker’s New Jersey offering and 888’s All-American Poker Network in third and fourth, respectively. The actual numbers will be more indicative of true market share next week following almost a full week of hard launch gaming.
For those who fancy themselves online poker historians, PokerScout points out that yesterday marked the five-year anniversary of the collaboration of UltimateBet and Absolute Poker as part of the Cereus Network. That pairing lasted only about 2 and 1/2 years before the DoJ took aim at unregulated online poker in the United States.
Players from the Cereus Network, in addition to living through the super-user scandals that allowed a number of dishonest players to see the hole cards of their competitors and bet (cheat) accordingly, have yet to be reunited with their account balances. However, the Poker Players Alliance continues to work on behalf of Cereus players in hopes of effectuating reimbursement one day in the future.
Overall, online poker cash game traffic throughout the industry showed a decline of 2% last week. That loss followed four weeks of improving player traffic. In comparison to this time last year, the overall market for cash game action is 12% less than that of late November 2012.