Online Poker Player Figures Continue to Fall
The start of the year has not been good for online poker. Across the world online poker traffic has dropped for seven consecutive weeks and overall traffic is down 15% for the first quarter compared to last year.The figures come despite the legalization of online poker in Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware. However, the figures in these three states are not particularly impressive. In Nevada the online poker revenues represented just 9% of total gambling revenues collected by the state last month. Online poker revenue exceeded just that of bingo and no other casino games.
The Nevada Gaming Control Board has granted online poker licenses to six companies. The licenses were due to expire after six months if the companies had not launched online poker websites.
However, now the Control Board has recommended license extensions for the companies to allow them more time to asses and enter the market.
Globally PokerStars is leading the online market with a seven-day average of 21,000 cash game players. This is a clear lead on its competitors; 888poker was second with 2,300 players, followed by PartyPoker (2,000) and the ipoker network (2,000). Full Tilt Poker had just 1,900 cash game players.