I stopped posting daily updates on traffic because it was basically the same percentage decline every day for PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Cereus and the same percentage increase for Merge Gaming, Cake Poker and Bodog Poker. Now that two weeks have passed since Black Friday I wanted to do a comparison over what is a bigger time frame. I based the comparison on the traffic of Thursday, April 14 to Thursday, April 28. The online poker room traffic stats are publicly available on PokerScout.com. I use the daily peak traffic stats.
The losers are the online poker rooms that left the U.S. market after Black Friday. PokerStars is down 15% with a loss of 6902 players. Full Tilt Poker is down 24% with a loss of 6439 players. Cereus, consisting of Absolute Poker and UB.com, has completely collapsed. They are down 74% with a loss of 2304 players.
The winners are Merge Gaming, Cake Poker and Bodog. Merge Gaming is now a top 10 online poker network. They have grown 95% and have added 1246 players. The Cake Poker Network has grown 38% and added 231 players. Bodog has grown 32% and has added 370 players.
The former Big 3 U.S. friendly online poker rooms have lost a combined 15,645 players during this time period. The three biggest U.S. friendly poker rooms have only gained 1847 players. This means about 14,000 U.S. online poker players are no longer playing. Some of these players may have been outside the U.S. and moved to European poker networks and some of the U.S. players could have moved to Everleaf or True Poker but that number is at least close.
It will be interesting to see where the numbers go from here. I will post again about the online poker traffic in a couple of weeks. With PlayersOnly and Sportsbook.com no longer taking new U.S. players and the processing issues that the U.S. facing poker rooms will have I have to wonder how much bigger the U.S. facing brands can grow and still be able to process payments.