Posted 6/3/11 :
Independent monitoring site gives the latest lacklustre figures
The independent online poker monitoring site Pokerscout had depressing news this week, reporting that the total worldwide online poker market has declined by 18 percent over the past year, and has been shaken by the events of Black Friday and Blue Monday.
The monitoring site gives a few examples of the impact of this reduction and of the US enforcement moves:
The Merge Gaming Network emerges as a major beneficiary of the US exodus, with traffic soaring 145 percent to date.
888 Poker has also fared well and is up 73 percent, whilst Bodog – with its new .eu precautionary move – is also up by 45 percent.
Among the smaller networks, Yatahay shone with a traffic boost of 195 percent
Operators who have not done so well include Cereus, which has reportedly suffered a catastrophic decline of 96 percent; Everest Poker, which down 67 percent; the Cake network saw decreases in traffic of 47 percent; GTechG2's IPN is down 43 percent; Full Tilt traffic sank 35 percent; Pokerstars saw a 25 percent reduction; and Microgaming's poker network showed a fall of 25 percent.