Online poker traffic fell 0.5% last week after a month of strong gains. Among the top 10 sites and networks, advancers and decliners were evenly split at 5-5.
PartyPoker bucked the downward trend with a 12% increase as the Tony G's House and Autumn Million promotions continue. This is Party's second consecutive double-digit gain, and it puts the site back within striking distance of iPoker Network, which has kept a firm grip on second place since June. Party clearly intends to keep the pressure on with a scratch card promotion called Card Rush planned for the entire month of October.
iPoker Network has seen minimal impact so far from its network split. Traffic is down 2% in first 10 days after the split, roughly in line with the performance of market leader PokerStars. iPoker's decline helps PartyPoker's effort to reclaim second place, which may bear fruit any day now.
IGT Poker's traffic plunged nearly 30% last week. Member sites have begun to jump ship after the network announced that it would close its doors amid a wave of industry consolidation. IGT appears to be focusing on social gaming with Facebook's DoubleDown Casino in advance of US online poker legislation.
Bodog/Bovada pulled ahead of Merge Gaming Network to take second place among US-friendly networks. Merge had led Bodog almost constantly since May 2010, but gave up ground recently after losing Lock Poker to Cake (now Revolution Gaming). Bodog and Merge now hold 12th and 13th place, respectively, in the worldwide rankings.
Top 20 Movers
- Winamax.fr rose one notch to sixth place.
- Ongame Network also moved up one to seventh.
- Microgaming Network dropped two spots to land in eighth.
- Bodog passed Merge Gaming Network to claim 12th place.
- PartyPoker.fr took over the 17th spot from EverestPoker.fr.
- IGT Poker fell from 19th out of the top 20, allowing Ongame.it and International.it to move up into 19th and 20th, respectively.
Year Over Year
The total worldwide online poker market continues to feel the effects of a tough regulatory environment and a global stagnation in poker's popularity. The introduction of fast-fold poker in the last 12 months has also had the effect of decreasing player counts for the same amount of play volume. According to PokerScout's ACES indicator, online poker traffic has decreased by 11% in the last year.
Year-over-year changes for some individual sites and networks are given below. Results are for the main (.com) sites and networks unless stated otherwise.
iPoker Network 31%
Revolution Gaming (formerly Cake Poker Network) 73%
IGT Poker 63%
International Poker Network (IPN) 46%
Everest Poker 44%
Ongame Network 21%
Merge Gaming Network 16%
Small but interesting:
Winning Poker Network (formerly Yatahay) 200%+