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Online Poker Player Traffic Update - October 14, 2014

Cash game player traffic in the online poker industry was up last week, but the amount was negligible. PokerScout reported a gain of “less than half a percent.”

Any gain is better than a loss. However, the miniscule progression forward is likely attributable to the continued popularity of Spin & Gos at PokerStars where a good many players are avoiding the cash tables in hopes of landing a huge jackpot.

While regular grinders apparently hate the Lottery-style Sit n’ Gos, recreational players seemingly love it. With an industry trend pointing to favoring the casual crowd, the jackpot-type games are here to stay.

Cash game traffic is about 2,000 players below the amount seen prior to the launch of Spin & Gos in late September. But analysts at PokerScout inform that “the rate of decline has obviously slowed.”

Once the novelty of trying a new game wears off, ring game traffic at PokerStars may once again reach that seven-day average of 20,000. Or at least come close.

What else is shaking among the top 10 poker rooms and networks?

As player traffic was negligible last week, so was movement among the industry’s top ten. The only change in rankings saw Bodog/Bovada slip two spots to eighth, while PokerStars.it grabbed sixth place and Winamax.fr seventh.

More bad news came Bodog’s way when it was learned that the feds are set to begin extradition proceedings against Calvin Ayre, the site’s founder. Ayre’s mug shot continues to adorn Homeland Security’s Most Wanted List among alleged drug dealers, human traffickers, and a distributor of child pornography.

Ayre’s alleged crimes include money laundering and running an illegal gambling business. But it apparently remains business as usual at Bodog/Bovada.

New Jersey update

The Party Borgata Network continues to remain on top in Garden State player traffic. While their ring game average held steady at 140 players, WSOP.com NJ lost 15% of its action and now sits at 110.

Still no word from the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement as to when PokerStars might receive igaming accreditation. Should there be no constraints or limitations placed on PokerStars once approval is granted by the DGE, we will likely see a PokerStars site up and running faster than you can play a Spin & Go.

Silver State traffic watch

WSOP.com remains Nevada‘s #1 online poker site, bettering Ultimate Poker at a clip of 85-60 in average cash game players. Unfortunately, player numbers seem to be heading in a downward direction for the Caesars’ offering.

Many will recall that traffic shot through the roof at WSOP.com NV when the WSOP rolled into town over the summer. But even before that occurred beginning in late May, WSOP.com held a 2-1 edge over UP at 110-55 players in a seven day average.

 

 

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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.

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