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Online Poker Player Traffic Update - October 21, 2014

The top ten online poker rooms and networks experienced substantial shifting last week, giving the global rankings of PokerScout a completely different look.

The biggest mover was Adjarabet, catapulting five notches into fourth place. On the strength of a leaderboard race promotion entitled “Poker Masters” that came on the heels of another successful promo, the Georgia-based poker site has seen its traffic double in just one month.

The latest promo has a shelf life of five weeks and aims to add $300,000 in bonus money to Adjarabet player accounts. A seven-day average of 1,900 players has Adjarabet firmly in fourth, 200 players behind the 2,100 of third place iPoker Network and 300 players ahead of the 1,600 average at fifth place Full Tilt.

Other Top Ten Movement

Joining Full Tilt in tumbling in the rankings was PartyPoker, now in 6th place. The rest of the top ten from seventh to tenth consists of three ring-fenced PokerStars offerings, the poker rooms servicing Italy, Spain and France, with Winamax sort of in the middle of those in eighth place.

Finding itself booted out of the top ten is Bodog/Bovada, who went from 8th to 11th. The top U.S.-friendly poker room still holds a commanding lead over the next U.S.-facing network, Merge, but that lead that used to be more than double in average ring game player traffic is no longer.

The Spin & Go craze at PokerStars appears to be waning. Amaya’s top poker site saw cash game traffic gain about 2.7% and now sits at 18,500 in a seven-day average. That’s more than 7-1 better than second-ranked 888Poker, where 2,400 ring game players can normally be found online.

The Regulated U.S. Market

The online offering of in Nevada has put a bit more space between itself and chief rival Ultimate Poker. NV gained more than 11% of cash game action and now averages 95 players. UP held solid with the same player numbers as the previous week at 60. in New Jersey also was on the rise at a somewhat lesser pace than its NV poker room at 9%. Ten more players joined the average to gain ground on the lead of the Party Borgata Network in the Garden State.

Party Borgata saw its cash game traffic fall 7% as it lost the 10 players that NJ gained. The difference now sits at 130-120, with Party Borgata remaining the top-ranked site not only in New Jersey, but all three regulated states.

Other Happenings

TonyBet Poker, the online poker room dedicated to Open Face Chinese Poker, may see its player traffic numbers rise in coming weeks, albeit at the tourney tables. The site has announced that it is running freerolls and satellites for players to win entries to events at the first-ever Live World Championship of Open Face Poker set for Dec. 8-10 in Prague at the Prague Poker Festival.

Traffic at Full Tilt will likely not be affected one way or another following confirmation that it has done away with its team of pro sponsors. Viktor Blom and Gus Hansen are no longer “The Professionals” at Full Tilt, as the site intends to focus on its new online casino game offerings in addition to poker.

Online poker player traffic was up 2% industry-wide last week. In the year-to-year category, player numbers are down 11% from 2013.



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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.