Tuesday  November 15, 2011 :  A QUIETER WEEK FOR ONLINE POKER
 
Latest Pokerscout numbers show a decline in traffic of 7.9 percent
 
With excitement and action of the Pokerstars 70 billionth hand celebrations over, online poker traffic sank back 7.9 percent to quieter levels last week, according to the latest weekly assessment by the independent online poker monitor Pokerscout.
 
Illustrating the point, PokerStars traffic dropped 18 percent last week, nearly cancelling out the previous week's 22 percent rise. Also falling back was GTechG2's International Poker Network, which saw a 10 percent decline from the previous week's 19 percent rise in traffic.
 
The week's top traffic sites stayed pretty much the same, with Pokerstars way ahead, Party Poker second – now going into its third month in the spot – followed by Playtech's iPoker Network.
 
Looking at the Top 20 sites, there was some movement, with Bodog rising two places to 13th; the People's Network in Italy up one place to 15th; Everest France climbing four places to 16th; International Poker Network dropping four places to 17th; and Svenska Spel dropping from 17th to 20th.
 
The year-on-year comparative numbers show that online poker traffic generally lags by an improved but still worrying 30 percent compared with this time last year, the result of the Black Friday prosecutions in the United States.
 
Nevertheless, 888poker is up 76 percent; Merge Gaming Network up 70 percent; and Bodog  61 percent better.
 
The bad to weak performers include Full Tilt Poker, still moribund and down 100 percent; Cereus likewise at 99 percent; IPN way down as well at 42 percent; Entraction lagging by 23 percent; Ongame in decline at 21 percent; and Everest Poker France also down by 21 percent.