The independent online poker monitoring site Pokerscout had depressing news this week, reporting that the total worldwide online poker market has declined by 18% 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% to date.
888 Poker has also fared well and is up 73%, whilst Bodog - with its new .eu precautionary move - is also up by 45%.
Among the smaller networks, Yatahay shone with a traffic boost of 195%
Operators who have not done so well include Cereus, which has reportedly suffered a catastrophic decline of 96%; Everest Poker, which down 67%; the Cake network saw decreases in traffic of 47%; GTechG2's IPN is down 43%; Full Tilt traffic sank 35%; Pokerstars saw a 25% reduction; and Microgaming's poker network showed a fall of 25%.
Source: InfoPowa News