Measuring real-money online poker traffic is a tricky exercise, but no matter how you slice it the latest traffic report from PokerScout makes it clear the Bleack Friday has more or less cut the legs out from under online poker in the US.
According to the watchdog site PokerScout, U.S. online poker cash game traffic has decreased by 80% since Black Friday. [...]
PokerScout’s Dan Stewart told PocketFives in an exclusive interview why U.S. online poker traffic dropped a staggering 80%: “The players who were knocked offline were not necessarily aware there were alternatives left. Even if they were, a lot of them became gun-shy knowing that the U.S. is going to enforce the laws against U.S.-friendly sites. The players don’t want to get burned again by another enforcement action. Also, because the remaining sites are smaller, they don’t trust them as much.”
The number is probably even worse than 80% in terms of unique players because of the skewing impact of the high-volume players more likely to remain on sites post-Black Friday.