We hear all of the time that things are getting better for online poker and how the UIGEA is going to be lifted any time now. Whether or not that happens in the near future is definitely a mystery. But the current state of online poker itself is not such a mystery since there are stats that keep track of just how well the industry is currently doing.
PokerScout.com is a website that keeps track of how the different online poker rooms are doing and their latest data would suggest that poker is on the up and up. Full Tilt Poker has already reported a whopping 56% increase in its player traffic during the year while Cake Poker is up 54%, and PokerStars has experienced the biggest growth at 57%. So it definitely appears as if the bigger networks are doing very well and making lots of money this year.
However, there are some online poker rooms that may be struggling a bit due to the global economy drop since places like Bodog, Svenska Spel have experienced player traffic drops of 30% and 14%. Even the aforementioned bigger rooms have had their troubles at times such as with Full Tilt and their FTOPS series. Full Tilt’s $2.5 Guaranteed, which is the main event in the FTOPS series, failed to reach the $2.5 million mark and FT had to contribute their own money to round out the prize pool.
Still, it seems that the overall state of online poker is definitely doing well and we can expect the industry to grow more and more over the next few years. Hopefully, this will translate into more bonuses and rakeback rewards being given out to the players!