According to traffic reports from PokerScout, European online poker rooms have seen increased traffic in recent days, and the legal blows dealt to Full Tilt Poker may be the reason why.
Immediately following the suspension of Full Tilt's license by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission, Ladbrokes Poker reported a 100% increase in its player registrations. Other sites such as PKR.com, Poker Stars, and Party Poker have also seen significant increases in user traffic as well, with PKR claiming a 41% increase in paid game activities.
Further reports from PokerScout indicate that about 57% of the traffic that Full Tilt lost since its suspension has already been absorbed by other gaming alternatives.
Sites that reported increased activity are:
- Cake Poker Network with a 41% gain
- PKR with a 32% gain
- Party Poker with a 23% gain
- International Poker Network with a 20% gain
- 888 Poker with a 16% gain
- PokerStars with a 15% gain
- iPoker Network with a 13% gain
- Entraction Network with a 7% gain
- Microgaming Poker Network with a 7% gain
- Bodog with a 3% gain
Even with the recent positive activity for poker sites, this year is not projecting to be the best for the online poker industry. Since the legal actions of the United States on April 15th, overall online poker traffic is down 27%. However, even with business down overall, there have been both winners and losers in the industry this year in terms of web traffic.
Companies that have shown overall gains from 2010 to 2011 as of this report are:
- Merge Gaming Network with year to year gains of +113%
- 888 Poker with year to year gains of +107%
- Bodog with gains of +39%
Companies that have shown year to lossesfrom 2010 to 2011 as of this report are:
- Full Tilt Poker -100%
- Cereus Network -95%
- International Poker Network -41%
- PokerStars -17%