As expected, player traffic at WSOP.com in Nevada has decreased following the conclusion of the 45th annual WSOP, allowing the Party Borgata Network in New Jersey to once again achieve top dog status among U.S. regulated poker sites.
PokerScout’s latest tallies show Party Borgata with 150 cash players in a seven-day average, while WSOP.com in the Silver State clocks in with 140. Just two weeks ago when the WSOP festival at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino was in full swing, WSOP.com’s Nevada offering averaged 160 players while 140 cash grinders were looking at hole cards on Party Borgata.
Player traffic at WSOP.com is likely to tumble further in coming weeks now that the pros who don’t reside in Las Vegas have likely caught their flights home. Cash player traffic at WSOP.com in Nevada averaged 110 prior to the play of more than five dozen scheduled live tournament events of the WSOP and it would not be a surprise to see player traffic numbers once again reach that level.
However, WSOP.com traffic numbers may wind up being slightly higher than pre-WSOP levels considering that Bovada, the top unregulated U.S.-friendly site, has withdrawn from the regulated Nevada market and no longer allows new player sign-ups. That move was made by Bovada while the WSOP was taking place and will likely cause a ripple in cash traffic numbers since new Nevada players have less online options and must choose between WSOP.com, Ultimate Poker, or Real Gaming following the conclusion of the latter’s soft launch.
Bovada followed the lead of the Winning Poker Network and Equity Poker Network, who both withdrew from the regulated markets in Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey just prior to the start of the 2014 WSOP. Bovada also prohibits new players in all three states, but apparently allows players who already have established accounts to continue accessing the site.
In the New Jersey market, Party Borgata’s main rival is WSOP.com’s Garden State offering. WSOP.com-NJ averages 130 ring game players, 20 off the pace of bwin.party‘s lead. Next in line in New Jersey is the All American Poker Network, averaging less than half that of Party Borgata with 70 players in a seven-day average.