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Merge Network Dominates US Poker Market - 03-15-12



March 15 - According to the independent online poker monitor, Pokerscout, the effects of "Black Friday" are still being felt. But most remarkable is the fact that the Merge Network is now the dominant internet poker network in the US facing market.

The is due to the fact that a number of powerful sites such as Poker Stars and Full Tilt Poker departed after Black Friday in April last year, leaving a large void in the US online poker market, which the Merge Network happily stepped in to fill.

According to the online poker monitor, the Merge Poker Network has seen an 84% rise in traffic year on year.  Therefore, there is little doubt that the Merge Network dominates the US poker market.

A number of smaller online poker networks are doing equally well, with the Chico Poker Network reporting a 29% rise, Winning Poker Network up 24% and the Cake Poker Network up 25%.

Some of the other statistics released by Pokerscout include the fact that since Black Friday, when US authorities swooped down on giant online poker rooms and shut them down in the US, there has been an overall decline of 30% in the market, year on year.

In the last week alone, online poker traffic dipped slightly by 1.1%, which is the fifth consecutive drop per week.

Some of the groups that have really felt the effect of Black Friday this year include Full Tilt Poker and the Cereus Network for obvious reasons, but also GTechG2's International Poker Network, which has slumped by 43%.

US Authorities Have Indicted Bodog Founder Ayre

Since US authorities announced an indictment against the founder of the Bodog brand, Calvin Ayre and several other Canadians, the site has lost considerable ground.

Bodog, according to Pokerscout, lost another 9% last week, and has dropped a total of 13% since the defunct but symbolic Bodog.com domain was seized by the authorities.

However, Bodog doesn't seem to be too worried about these numbers, because the overall effect of Black Friday has only been positive for the group, which remains up 39% year on year.

Poker Stars Dominates World Market

While Poker Stars may have lost its footing in the US online poker market due to the actions of the Department of Justice in April last year, the group still continues to remain the dominant force in the global online poker market. Globally, Poker Stars reported a 17% increase.

Party Poker, part of the bwin.party digital entertainment group, saw an 13% increase, while the iPoker Network climbed 8%.

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