Online Poker Traffic Decline?

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2010. November 25.
2009 was a great year for online poker, <a href="http://www.rakerace.com/poker-rooms/full-tilt-poker/"><strong><em>Full Tilt Poker</em></strong></a> reached an all-time high concerning traffic. The site produced an astonishing annual growth rate of 110%. <a href="http://www.rakerace.com/poker-rooms/pokerstars/"><strong><em>PokerStars</em></strong></a> was also doing very well with nearly 50% growth. The market overall had increased 40% in the preceding year. However, so far it seems only <em>PokerStars</em> was able to produce 3% growth, other rooms are in the red.
Accoding to PokerScout.com this is supposedly due to the fragmentation of the market. Now that France and Italy legalized online poker and Italian and French players are able to participate in online gambling activities, however, even including these countries, the market doesn't expand. As a conclusion, PokerScout states that it seems that online poker's popularity has reached a temporary plateau.

The only chance of expansion now seems to be the legalization of online poker in the United States. US Congress has accepted Barney Frank's bill that suggests online poker should not be an illegal gambling activity. The next step comes when Jim McDermott's bill concerning online poker's taxation passes the same process, expected in 2011.

The traffic stats of the major poker rooms in the last 6 months:

pokerstars

partypoker

ongame

microgaming

ipoker

full tilt poker

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