Online poker activity tracker PokerScout has reported that online poker activity is down 7%, despite this usually being the time of year when activity begins to pick up.
The drop in action is being possibly linked to the events of Black Friday, which saw the U.S. government shut down large poker sites like Full Tilt Poker.
PokerScout however is citing two other potential reasons for the decline in players. The site is quoted as saying:
"First, markets outside the US are saturated. Pretty much everyone who wants to play online poker is already signed up, and new players coming in are only replacing (or failing to keep up with) players who are leaving," the expert site management opines.
"Second, poker as a fad has mostly run its course. The game simply doesn't have the cool factor, the grip on young male minds especially, that it used to. The fascination with this wonderful game has lasted a decade or more, and poker will undoubtedly retain a large number of followers, but its popularity with the general public has likely peaked and is beginning to decline."
Despite the potential reasons for the decline, PartyPoker.com has reached the number two spot in terms of player activity, edging out iPokoer. PokerStars has retained its number one spot, even while dealing with the U.S. government's crackdown.