We all knew PokerStars monopoly would end sooner or later. At first, partypoker was the main candidate, but it became clear that GGNetwork (GGPoker, Natural8) was becoming the main competitor for the throne. Let's recall that the Asian site IDNPoker Network also occupied the first place for a while in 2019, but the nuances of this site require an independent article.
Even with the latest efforts made by PokerStars to retain its customers, the historical moment has come:
At noon on June 19, 2021, GGPoker took down first place in the PokerScout ranking.
The fact that something like this should happen soon became clear on June 15 when the average weekly indicators of both rooms for the first time became equal at around 5,200 cash players. As a reminder, according to data from late 2017, the score was 11,000 - 900 in favor of PokerStars.
However, in the same rating, PokerStars has a higher average cash traffic per day. If the trend continues, GGNetwork will sooner or later outlast all indicators. In the meantime, we decided to compare the structure of the cash traffic of the two leaders.
For comparison, we collected data on the number of tables on June 19. PokerScout showed both sites have similar traffic at that time (5,526 and 5,529). How are they distributed across different poker formats?
Regular 6-max tables
|NL2$||78||119||PLO2$||10 (4)||12 (5)|
|NL5$||68||67||PLO5$||9 (4)||7 (1)|
|NL10$*||56||65||PLO10$||11 (8)||8 (4)|
|NL25$||47||30||PLO25$||9 (7)||7 (4)|
|NL50$||32||24||PLO50$||8 (8)||6 (2)|
|NL100$||35||12||PLO100$||8 (3)||2 (1)|
*Stars have added NL16 tables
**The number of PLO5 tables is shown in brackets
***In brackets, the number of tables for other Omaha formats
Fast-fold poker (connections)
Unfortunately, it's impossible to find out the number of active 6+ and Tempest tables in PokerStars, but their impact on the total traffic is negligible. Therefore, in this section, we will provide data on AoF and full ring tables, which are unique to each room:
Our data confirm that the number of connections on PokerStars and on GGNetwork is about the same. The first place was given to the site with more players.
First of all, low Zoom stakes, regular NL2 tables, and full ring ensure the parity of PokerStars in cash traffic. But, most likely, GGPoker and company will simply be able to reach a "clean" first place by retaining players during the seasonal downturn.
The most exciting moment in this fight, in our opinion, should begin closer to the fall, when many players return to the tables after the holiday season, and the rooms, accordingly, launch promotions to attract them.
The competition between the two giants is beneficial for poker players, as it encourages all the community and operators to stay in touch, so probably now is the best time to play online poker.
Is it time to cheer PokerStars a little? How do you think this confrontation end?
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