It’s that time of year again, when all industries compare their popularity among customers. Department stores want to know who drew the most customers and sold the merchandise over the Christmas holiday. But the online poker community is more interested in which operators are garnering the most cash game traffic on the virtual felt.
To kick off the New Year, we’ll give a complete rundown of the most popular online poker sites going into 2015. Many of the names on the list are familiar ones, but a few operators drove their way to more affable spots on the proverbial totem pole, while other networks slipped from their previously prime positions.
Because there are two major categories to be considered here, we’ll split this assessment into two segments: the US regulated online poker market, and the rest of the world. With only 6 competitors in the mix, it shouldn’t take long to complete the first one, so let’s start there.
Most trafficked US online poker networks in 2015
Only three states offer regulated online poker in the US. They are Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey. Due to the ring-fenced nature of each jurisdiction, none of these networks rank very high on a global scale (the best being 37th overall). However, when calculating just (legal) US-facing operators, the list of most to least trafficked online poker cash games as of January 1, 2015 looks something like this.
|#1||Party Borgata||New Jersey||160|
|#4||All American||New Jersey||85|
Most trafficked global online poker networks in 2015
To the surprise of no one, PokerStars is the clear leader in cash game traffic to start the New Year, retaining the top position for 3 years running. PokerStars is averaging 19,000 players, nearly 8x higher than its nearest rival (if you can even call that a rival). 888Poker takes the second spot with a 2,400 7 day average, followed by the iPoker network at 2,000.
It wouldn’t be a shock if iPoker usurps 888 in the coming weeks. The network has announced the integration of a new rakeback system known as SRB (source based rake), and it’s designed to accommodate recreational players.
While the iPoker network may lose some of its higher volume players due to the change, a new flock of casual online poker players could relocate to the network. Then again, recreational players aren’t always the most keen towards investigating (or understanding) promotional campaigns. Those who bother to compare the rake programs per operator may take full advantage.
And with that, here’s the Top 25 List of most trafficked global online poker networks going into 2015.
|Rank||Network||US Players||7-Day Avg|
Special Thanks: All data courtesy of PokerScout.com.