A 6% drop in online poker player traffic last week is partly attributable to spring fever, as many grinders apparently took advantage of warm weather across Europe to get away from their monitors and keyboards for a spell.
PokerScout reports that the top ten ranked websites all saw a drop in traffic. The iPoker Network edged back into second place following the conclusion of Full Tilt’s popular “Take 2” promotion that briefly allowed the sister site of PokerStars to regain the no. 2 standing. PartyPoker remains in fourth place. The effect of parent company bwin.party’s decision to pull out of 18 jurisdictions to focus on “regulated and soon-to-be regulated” markets won’t be known for some time as players with existing PartyPoker accounts in those countries will be allowed to continue playing.
PokerStars.it slipped into sixth place in the worldwide rankings after its 3.5 billionth hand promotion ended. More than 8,000 ring game players were hoping to be dealt into that milestone hand, more than double the normal. Following the promo, 888Poker reclaimed fifth place and announced that Q1 earnings for its poker product are now responsible for about 26% of its revenue. Active poker players on the site are nearing half a million and new signups increased at a rate of 17%.
On the tournament watch, PartyPoker is blaming a technical snafu on the cancellation of four of the first six events in Pokerfest. Rumors circulated that the events were cancelled due to huge overlays. However, that was not the case and the site is running freerolls for players who had registered in order to make up for the inconvenience of cancelling the tourneys.
Over at Full Tilt, a $350,000 guaranteed mini FTOPS event had an overlay of $87,000. That is likely all that sun-worshipping grinders need to hear to get them back to their laptops and desktops and out of the sun.