Last week saw overall online poker traffic fall 0.4%, even though the relaunch of Full Tilt Poker brought hundreds of thousands of players back online the previous week.
Recent statistics released by PokerScout show that traffic on Full Tilt is declining following an 8,900 cash game player average on the first day of the relaunch. Those numbers decreased to 8,000 by the first week’s conclusion. Almost two weeks after being back online, average traffic at Full Tilt has hovered around 6,400 cash players. That total is still good for second place in the worldwide online poker industry.
Whether or not Full Tilt retains that No. 2 standing over time remains to be seen. PokerScout points out that the excitement of a new launch tends to settle to a normal level in roughly three to four weeks. So more should be known toward the end of November. Keep in mind that the Deal Me In cash bonus expires at Full Tilt Nov. 27, so it would not be a surprise to see player numbers drop further following the end of that promotion.
The migration of Everest Poker to the iPoker Network earlier this month saw that network’s traffic jump by about 15%. However, last week iPoker suffered the largest percentage decline among the ten busiest networks, as a 7% loss of players reduced iPoker’s lead over fourth-ranked PartyPoker by only 3%. PartyPoker came close to the traffic decline of iPoker in last week’s tabulations, dropping 6%. However, the world’s number one site prior to pulling out of the U.S. market after enactment of the UIGEA in 2006 will benefit from the migration of Bwin poker players to the PartyPoker platform by the end of 2012.
Other networks or sites among the top ten that saw declining player numbers last week include a 4% decrease at 888 Poker and 2% less traffic at PokerStars.