The Equity Poker Network (EPN) continues to attract players and climb the ladder of cash game player traffic rankings as tallied by PokerScout.
The latest numbers show EPN, buoyed by flagship skin Full Flush Poker, in fourth place among non-regulated poker rooms and networks that service the U.S. market. EPN’s seven-day cash game player average has reached 220, directly behind the 240 players typically found on the Winning Poker Network (WPN).
Bodog/Bovada continues to rule the roost in the U.S. market, proving that its innovative Recreational Poker Model implemented in late 2011 that removed screen names and left all players anonymous remains quite popular. Averaging an estimated 1,450 players and ranked fifth globally, Bodog/Bovada has a substantial lead over its next nearest U.S.-facing competitor, the Chico Poker Network and its 400 players.
EPN sees 10% spike in traffic
Just 10 days ago, EPN averaged 200 players. Its recent 10% boost in traffic is likely attributable to a number of promotions at Full Flush Poker such as the Rising Star Leaderboard coupled with generous deposit and reload bonuses. Full Flush’s largest-ever prize pool tournament is also on tap for next Sunday when the Monster $50K GTD kicks off at 5:00 p.m. ET.
EPN arrived on the scene on Nov. 8. 2013 with a real-money launch that was somewhat subdued because of all the hoopla surrounding the legal online gambling launches in Delaware and New Jersey in the same month. A lot of attention continues to be directed toward the regulated states and those such as California and Pennsylvania that are toying with joining the online poker party.
Non-regulated poker rooms a gamble
Considerable attention should be heaped upon the potential of certain states to regulate Internet poker because playing at the non-regulated U.S. poker rooms affords no safeguards to consumers. Despite fast-paced payouts that are currently enjoyed by players requesting cashouts at the likes of Bovada and WPN skins such as Americas Cardroom, one never knows when the DoJ may decide again to orchestrate a shutdown a la Black Friday in 2011.
The future of online poker in the U.S. lies in regulation and the hope is that more states than not eventually see their way to passing the required legislation. Unfortunately, regulation is currently spreading at a snail’s pace and it leaves U.S. players outside of the regulated states who want to play online poker no choice but to gamble and play at the U.S.-facing rooms and networks available such as Bovada, Chico, WPN, EPN and Merge.
But beware of the risk involved! Anybody who had money at Full Tilt, Absolute Poker and UltimateBet certainly doesn’t want to relive that experience, even though U.S. Full Tilt players will have a happy ending when all is said and done.