The NJ Online Gaming Scoop: Cash Game And Tournament Traffic For The Week Of November 12

Steve Ruddock November 16, 2017 1984 Reads
NJ Online Gaming Traffic

Our weekly look at online poker traffic in New Jersey ran into a snag this week, as PokerStars was down for a spell on November 8.

Further complicating matters, the outage/maintenance seems to have had a lasting impact on PokerScout’s tracking data, as the site is reporting a significant and ongoing drop in traffic at PokerStars that don’t line up with the site’s actual traffic on the client.

With that in mind, Don’t place a lot of stock in this week’s numbers, and in particular, the numbers for PokerStars.

With that caveat out of the way, here’s US Poker’s weekly look back at the cash game and tournament trends in the New Jersey online poker market.

New Jersey’s online poker operators

New Jersey has seven online poker sites operating on four separate networks.

Not surprisingly, peak traffic numbers also plummeted, dropping to 600 players over the last seven days.During the week of November 8-14, New Jersey online poker sites averaged 200 cash game players. But as noted above, there appears to be a glitch in the matrix, so US Poker is going to put an asterisk on this week’s cash game traffic numbers.

Here’s how those players were distributed across the four online poker networks.

Cash Game traffic trends

After several weeks of jockeying for the number two spot between partypoker and 888poker, the three major networks seem to have settled into a groove, with PokerStars leading the way, 888poker in second, and partypoker in third.

*Cash game traffic data provided by Collected on November 7, 2017.


  • Platform provider: partypoker
  • Sites in network:,,

Seven-day rolling cash game traffic data:

  • Seven-day rolling average: 70 cash game players – down 6.9 percent compared to previous seven days


  • Platform provider: 888
  • Sites in network:,

Seven-day rolling cash game traffic data:

  • Seven-day rolling average: 81 cash game players – down 6.6 percent compared to previous seven days

PokerStars NJ

  • Platform provider: PokerStars
  • Sites in network:

Seven-day rolling cash game traffic data:

  • Seven-day rolling average: 51 cash game players – down 54.05 percent compared to previous seven days

Pala Poker

  • Platform provider: Pala
  • Sites in network:

Seven-day rolling cash game traffic data:

  • Seven-day rolling average: 1 cash game players – no change compared to previous seven days

Tournament Report: A look at the Sunday Majors

Three of the four online poker networks host a signature Sunday tournament:

  • The Borgata/partypoker/MGM online poker network offers a $40,000 guarantee tournament. The tournament has a $215 buy-in.
  • The and 888 network also host a $215 buy-in, $40,000 guaranteed tournament that it’s dubbed, “The Warrior.”
  • PokerStars NJ hosts the Sunday Special, a $200 buy-in with a guarantee of $45,000.

*Pala Poker is in beta-testing and doesn’t offer a signature Sunday tournament at this time.

The two largest tournaments at Pala, each boasting a $10 buy-in and $250 guarantee, have been consistently drawing 15-20 players, which means these tournaments are still overlaying $75-$100. This past Sunday the two tournaments drew 17 and 18 players respectively.

Results for November 12 2017

After watching partypoker and PokerStars run major tournament series in October, 888/ offered its own series last week, the NJPC. That led to The Warrior being replaced by a $65k guarantee tournament that fell just shy of its guarantee.

Overall, it was another good weekend for New Jersey online poker tournaments.

Here’s a look at the total number of entries for the largest tournament held on each of the three main online poker networks in New Jersey events:

And here’s a look at the total prize-pool for each tournament:




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