7th of January 2009 Author: Glo Wood
Independent assessment shows that the Internet's biggest poker site
regularly sets new benchmarks
Online poker super-site Poker Stars has enjoyed a week of setting fresh
records, reports the respected independent statistical information website
Among the records set, according to Pokersitescout, were the Giuness World
Record for the largest online tournament ever, which saw 35 000 players in
Other records broken included:
* Largest sit-and-go tournament: 10 000 players
* Most simultaneous real money cash game players (December 26): 32 848
* Most simultaneous real money cash game players (December 27): 33 274
* Most simultaneous real money cash game players (December 28): 36 981
* Highest seven-day average real money cash game player count: 23 000
* Most sponsored pros playing online simultaneously (site record): at least
* Most players logged on: 250 540
It says much for the website's equipment, staff and technology that over two
consecutive Sundays, these high levels of activity strained the capacity of
Poker Stars only twice, and briefly, when cash game players were at one
stage reportedly blocked from joining new tables in order to ease the
pressure on the system.
Although the Internet's top six poker sites, headed by Poker Stars and Full
Tilt Poker, again remained largely unchanged in the weekly positioning,
there was some movement lower down the scale where Merge Gaming Network lost
three spots - apparently due to a player tracking problem - and Entraction
moved up two notches, besting Microgaming and Pacific Poker.
Betfair Poker, Ladbrokes and CryptoLogic Network each moved up one spot from
the previous week.
Gains and losses over 2008
Pokersitescout also took a look at performance and market share throughout
2008, reporting that the worldwide online poker market continued to grow,
albeit at a more sedate pace than in recent years. Total cash game traffic
is estimated to have increased more than 14 percent in the past year.
Pokersitescout stats show that big gainers last year were headed by Poker
Stars which reflected a market share growth of 65 percent and Entraction
Network which grew by a similar amount, followed by CakePoker Network (52
percent); PKR (43 percent) and Full Tilt Poker (39 percent growth).
Faring less well were Bodog with a 34 percent loss of market share, Cereus
(Ultimatebet and Absolute Poker) Network down 30 percent; CryptoLogic
Network -31 percent and Party Poker -26 percent.
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