Online poker traffic increased 0.5% last week after two consecutive losing weeks. Among the top 10 sites and networks, advancers outpaced decliners 6-4.
Cash game traffic rose more than 2% at PokerStars as the World Championship of Online Poker drew to a close mid-week. The tournament series awarded $55.5 million in total prize pools over the course of 65 events. That's a substantial increase over last year's WCOOP where prizes totaled $47 million in 62 events.
Bwin.party has confirmed that it will sell Ongame Network to Amaya by the end of the year. Players from bwin will migrate to the Party platform before the sale is completed, which could give PartyPoker the upper hand in the battle for the number two spot.
IGT Poker continued its decline with another 10% drop, the third consecutive double-digit loss. The network is due to shut down by the end of the year, but with half of the players already gone, the network may be effectively dead well before New Year's Eve.
Top 20 Movers
- PokerStars.it edged out Ongame Network to retake fifth place.
- PokerStars.fr moved up a notch to 10th, passing Revolution Gaming Network.
- Svenska Spel climbed from 16th to 14th.
- iPoker.it lost a spot, landing in 15th.
- PartyPoker.fr moved up one to 16th.
- PeoplesNetwork.it fell from 15th to 17th.
- Dollaro Poker Network rejoined the top 20 in 20th place, knocking out International.it.
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 33%
Revolution Gaming (formerly Cake Poker Network) 61%
IGT Poker 71%
International Poker Network (IPN) 46%
Everest Poker 37%
Small but interesting:
Winning Poker Network (formerly Yatahay) 77%