The global cash game market has had a great start to the year with a gain of 8% in the first week of 2015. The majority of poker rooms have seen gains, with some notable exceptions.
Gains have not been spread evenly, so the global rankings have already changed from the standings at the end of 2014.
Partypoker is again out of the top five, replaced by PokerStars Italy, and Adjarabet is out of the top 10, as PokerStars France regains its position.
The second half of 2014 marked an unusually bad six months for cash game traffic. The introduction of lottery SNGs attracted players away from the tables, and together with a weak recovery from the summer slump, the two factors drove a 16% fall in traffic compared to 2013.