Online Poker Traffic Report - Cereus Vanishes?

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2011. May 19.
The traffic of online poker rooms has dropped another 4% last week, the <em>Cereus Network</em> already lost 83% of its players since the Black Friday, April 15. According to <em>PokerScout</em>, the tendencies after the Black Friday remained the same, only the USA-friendly <em>Merge Gaming Network</em> managed to generate a slight rise in traffic, as little as 1%. During the previous month, however, they achieved a 79% increase. All other rooms decline.
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Merge, therefore, seems to be the winner of the DoJ's actions on April 15, but it's not sure yet for how long; a few rooms of the network are not allowed to accept U.S. registrations from May 1. Even though, it's surprising that Merge managed to book such growth while other USA-friendly sites like Bodog or Cake Poker can't even come close; both rooms faced considerable drop in traffic. Bodog is 18th, Cake is 24th in the online traffic report leaderboard. Merge is already 8th.

Cereus Network is quite the opposite of Merge, they experienced a stunning 83% drop since the Black Friday. Even though, going against the ruling of the Department of Justice, it seems Cereus still allows U.S. player to play at UB and Absolute Poker. PokerScout found users at the tables playing from Chicago, Bakersfield, Cincinnati, Colorado Springs and Minnetonka. It is rumored that there might some secret agreement behind all of this, however it's of course unofficial. No matter what, Cereus Network lost most (if not all) of its credibility by not paying their users for almost a month now. Not just American, but European players leave the network as well.

Traffic drop

The order of the first 4 on the traffic leaderboard hasn't changed, PokerStars still leads, Full Tilt Poker is 2nd PartyPoker 3rd and the iPoker Network is the 4th. These 4 rooms have been in this order for the 18th week now.

Looking at yearly tendencies, the traffic of online poker rooms has dropped by 16% since last May.

Interesting traffic changes since last May:

Increase:

Yatahay: 207%
Merge: 155%
888poker: 75%


Decrease:

Cereus: -82%
Everest Poker: -65%
Cake Poker: -46%
IPN: -40%
Microgaming: -31%
PokerStars: -28%
Full Tilt Poker: -24%


Actual traffic leaderboard:

1. PokerStars
2. Full Tilt Poker
3. PartyPoker
4. iPoker
5. Ongame
6. PokerStars.it
7. PeoplesNetwork.it
8. Merge
9. PokerStars.fr
10. 888poker


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