Online poker traffic fell 0.3% last week. Among the top 10 sites and networks, decliners led advancers 6-4. Overall, the market is down 13% from this time last year, despite the relaunch of Full Tilt Poker and the opening of the Spanish market.
The only ranking changes among the top 10 came once again from the PokerStars regulated sites. After problems with the traffic data were resolved, PokerStars.it, .es and .fr rose to sixth, eighth and ninth places, respectively. These are the same spots the sites occupied two weeks ago before the tracking issues began.
Meanwhile PokerStars.com suddenly finds itself down 18% from the same time last year. The culprit is not a sharp drop in traffic but tough comparables. The site saw a massive surge in traffic last year at this time thanks to the 75 billionth hand promotion.
Full Tilt Poker was the big winner for the week, rising 14% on the strength of its Rush Week promotion. The promotion ended Sunday, but Full Tilt has more lined up to take its place. First in line is Edge Up, an increased player points promotion which runs until the end of February. Sit & Go madness starts on February 8 and runs for just 2.5 days, followed by Happy Hour Week which starts on February 18.
PartyPoker's own bid to take over second place starts today with the World Domination promotion. However, it seems clear that PokerStars is not going to let Full Tilt slip into third place without a fight.
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