The headlining 1.7% decline in global cash game traffic hides a roller coaster week. The PokerStars December Festival ran 300 milestone hands which gave the market a major boost—the decline is just the downwards trajectory of the market returning to its pre-promotion level.
Technical problems at several sites took their toll on traffic, with partypoker plunging to ninth place in the global ranking table. Recovery has been fast and it has moved back up, but the problems couldn’t have come at a worse time.
WSOP Nevada briefly displaced partypoker New Jersey as the largest US regulated network, but as the week ended, party had regained its crown.