So How's Online Poker Doing?

Online Poker Traffic
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Love the numbers? Good, cause we've decided to give you some. The online poker traffic rankings and news site PokerScout.com has issued another extensive online poker traffic report, which after the events of 4.15 is more significant than ever before, especially when it comes to the former US-friendly poker sites and those that tend to still accept American users.

Last week's numbers show that the overall online poker traffic dropped by 2.6% if compared to the week before, mainly due to the decrease at Full Tilt Poker. The cause of FT's 11% fall since last week is not that of a good reason, but is most likely a cause of the still unresolved issues of Full Tilt refunding their American players with the cash in their accounts.

Cereus Network running only two online poker sites – UB and Absolute Poker has seen a 75% drop in traffic during the week and a total of 96% decrease since Black Friday. Last week Cereus Network has finally blocked US players as per the agreement with the US Department of Justice. Before the whole Black Friday thing UB and Absolute saw an average of 2,000 cash players which now dropped to less than 100.

Despite the recent fall and retreat from the US market Full Tilt Poker still remains the second-largest online poker site after PokerStars which was struck by the Black Friday as well. However, the losses were not that big to kick the two giants from leading in traffic numbers against their persecutors PartyPoker and the iPoker Network (Titan Poker, SunPoker, Poker770, MansionPoker, Bet365 Poker etc.).

The biggest gainer so far in this whole mess-of-a-situation appears to be the Merge Network which remains to be one of the few networks still accepting US players. So far this year Merge Network saw the largest traffic increase in the industry – a shocking 150%! Although the most popular poker site on the network (which, by the way hosts a number of online betting sites as well) still appears to be Carbon Poker, other rooms are gaining popularity as well and doing it rather quick.

Another network to experience a significant increase in traffic was Yatahay hosting such poker sites as TruePoker and DoylesRoom. However, just two days ago, on an event which became to be known as Blue Monday, the domains, along with a number of online betting sites, were seized by the U.S. Attorney of Maryland much like were Stars, Tilt, UB and Absolute on 4.15.

And these are the current top 5 Poker Networks and their traffic details according to PokerScout.com (the number of players is based on 7 day average):

1. PokerStars – 20,800 players
2. Full Tilt Poker – 9,300 players
3. PartyPoker – 3,500 players
4. iPoker – 3,500 players
5. Ongame – 2,350 players