Another week, another gain, but another relatively lackluster performance from the global cash game market. Traffic went up 1.3%, still not enough to drag it out of the doldrums and forcefully take it towards a seasonal high comparable to the peak last January.
Adjarabet continues to maintain its hold on fourth place in the rankings, although its traffic has begun to slip back now that its Poker Masters promotion has ended. Partypoker remains in sixth place, languishing outside the top five for the second week—bwin.party is now the subject of takeover rumors, as potential buyers feel the attraction of its poor performance since the merger between Bwin and PartyPoker.
Most markets enjoyed a good week, but Sweden took a big hit as numbers fell to zero after DDOS attacks interrupted play.
Delaware celebrated its first anniversary of state regulated online poker, an event which make not a jot of difference to its seven day average cash game traffic numbers. Next year should be different after the interstate compact between Delaware and Nevada kicks in and provides Delaware players with access to a more realistic size of player pool.