Monday, 9 January 2012

First online poker rankings of 2012

The first top-five list for online poker rooms in the New Year has just been released. So far in 2012, these five sites have proven to be the most popular in Canada and around the world.

In fifth place is the Ongame Network, preceded by 888 Poker. 888 Poker in particular is noted as having increased its traffic by a remarkable 86% in 2011 to secure a stable presence as one of the world’s go-to online poker destinations.

Party Poker and iPoker are nearly tied for second and third place with almost identical patterns in recent traffic.

In first place sits PokerStars despite a 2% drop in traffic since the end of 2011. The site remains as popular as ever, in stark contrast to the performance of online poker sites that were also affected by the April 2011 Black Friday shutdowns – Full Tilt Poker remains closed to this day, and experts believe its absence from the online poker world could be responsible for a good part of the 30% decline in online poker traffic since the shutdowns occurred. Many other sites have seen massively decreased traffic post-shutdown, including the Entraction poker network, which is down by 51%, and the International Poker Network, which is down by 42%.

Stay tuned to see how the online poker world shapes up in 2012.