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With a week to go before the Easter weekend, the global cash game market is not bringing good news. The market fell by another 1.9% this week, dragged down by a poor performance in the European markets.
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There is little “Good News” for global cash game traffic as Easter approaches.

After this week’s 2.3% reduction in global cash game traffic, the market is down by almost 15% in a year.
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The global cash game market has now lost an average of one player in eight over the last 12 months.

Global cash game traffic fell by 1.2% this week, substantially less than last week’s fall of 4%. Traffic is now 7.2% below the annual seasonal peak reached on January 11.
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The global market continues to slide but a PokerStars launch in New Jersey should soon shake up the state regulated market.

The blockbuster story of the week is Amaya CEO David Baazov’s bid to take the company private by offering investors CA$21 per share.
Industry Insight

Amaya, GVC, Paddy Power Betfair, XLMedia, MPN and more.

Borgata is considering alternative partners in New Jersey. Its current partner will soon be acquired by GVC, and the group must obtain approval by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement.
Poker Room Insight

Borgata and, PokerStars and Full Tilt, TCOOP troubles and more.

Win Cake, a skin on the Revolution poker network that accepted players outside the US, has closed its doors.
Long-Troubled Win Cake Skin Closes Down

UK players get full balances, but the rest get rake-to-withdraw offer on Juicy Stakes.

NJ DGE approves Amaya to bring its online gaming brands to the state. 888 launches poker, casino and sports in Denmark.
Poker Room Insight

PokerStars and Full Tilt get the green light in New Jersey, 888 goes live in Denmark, and major operators clamp down on third party tools.

NYX Poker told Poker Industry PRO that rumors that it was acquiring Hive Poker and Revolution Gaming were not true. However, NYX is in the process of signing up skins currently on those networks to transfer to the Ongame network (now known as NYX Poker).
NYX Poker Signs Up Skins from Hive Poker and Revolution Gaming

Acquisition rumors are untrue, but more skins are moving to Ongame.

GPI organizes summit for the heads of online poker. NYX confirms new skins coming to poker network, but no acquisitions.
Industry Insight

Secret industry summits, Ongame’s new skins, and two folds in New Jersey.

Three weeks ago, the first reports that NYX would be merging its Ongame poker network with Hive Poker began to surface in the poker media.
Is NYX Poker Merging with the Hive Network and Revolution Gaming?

Whether the rumors are true or not, merging player pools may be an attractive strategy for smaller operators.

The consistent rises of the past few weeks came to an end this week with a drop of just under 1% in global cash game traffic.
Traffic Insight

The seasonal recovery stuttered this week, while the US state regulated markets followed a quite different seasonal pattern.

WinCake is regulated in Curacao, but also has a license in the UK. Player fund protection under the new UK gambling laws was the subject of a separate UKGC consultation which resulted in a requirement for operators to inform players about the level of protection in place for their deposits.
WinCake Cashout Problems Test UK Fund Protection Provisions

Inadequate player fund protection produces an industry-wide reputational risk.

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