As last week, the global cash game market has been driven by the post-milestone hand promotion decline at PokerStars.
Total market decline was less than 1%, but the 5% decline in PokerStars’s traffic masked the success of other operators and markets. The six month graph below shows the gains since the Summer low, as well as the recent spike caused mainly by the PokerStars promotion.
DDoS attacks at many poker rooms have had some impact on cash game traffic, but their main effect has been on tournaments.
Partypoker has made a welcome return to the top five—indeed, to the top four—after its connectivity issues resulted in a huge traffic drop and a temporary fall to ninth place in the global rankings.
WSOP Nevada has also moved up the rankings—once again it has more cash game traffic than any other US licensed poker room.