Online Poker Suffers the Consequences of Black Friday

The online poker world was changed by Black Friday. Some sites increased their player base, such as the Merge Network, 888Poker or Bodog, while others show a main decrease like Fulltilt, PokerStars, Cereus Network, Cake Poker or Everest Poker. As you can read in the article most networks have their own problems, even those that gained traffic. Player satisfaction will be hard to regain after such a deep problem.On the bright side we can definitely mention the Merge network. They accept US players and have taken advantage of the possibilities given by Black Friday, unlike many other sites.There are very interesting traffic reports of online poker based on PokerScout. Last week only the online poker world lost 2.6% of its traffic. That is a huge number considering it’s only a weekly report! Looking at the bigger picture, it decreased 17% last year, mostly effected by the event of Black Friday.Most of this decline comes from Fulltilt which alone lost 11% of its traffic. However Fulltilt is not the biggest loser of Black Friday. Cereus network (Absolute Poker and UltimateBet) lost 96% (!!!) of its traffic last month. The network has less than 100 cash game players on average. It is hard to recover with such a low number of players.As Yamatay Network (TruePoker and DoylesRoom) is contolled by the US government, the remaining networks accepting US players will also have to decide if they want to take the risk of accepting US players or not. This is mostly true for the continuously increasing Merge Network, or other sites such as Everleaf, Bodog or Cake. All these sites have to decide whether to move of the US market or stay and face the consequences of accepting US players. However Bodog Poker has already made a small change by changing its domain name from Bodog.com to Bodog.eu.Of course it is very sad to see how online poker is suffering at the moment, even if it is a huge market. The question remains: what will all these players do if they cannot play online poker anymore? Some of them might go and play live but others do not have this solution as an option.It is very interesting to see these statistics, but a player has to consider many different factors when deciding where to play. All poker sites are responsible for losing players. Winners and losers as well. Many of the struggling sites do not make cashout but it can also be said also for sites that are increasing, having more and more players and still not making cashout! This way online players will be even more frustrated and not play anymore on the poker sites.