The NJ Online Gaming Scoop: Cash Game And Tournament Traffic For The Week Of October 22

Steve Ruddock October 25, 2017
NJ Online Gaming Traffic

New Jersey’s online poker operators are in the midst of a fall swoon.

Cash game traffic dropped by 10 percent week-over-week and aside from major tournament series, tournament guarantees are becoming harder and harder to hit.

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.

Peak traffic numbers remained consistent this week, with combined cash game traffic peaking at around 650 players.On average, there are roughly 225 cash game players online on 10/24. That represents a marked decrease from the average combined cash game traffic of 250 players just a week ago.

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

Cash Game traffic trends

*Cash game traffic data provided by Collected on October 24, 2017.


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

The Borgata-MGM-partypoker network managed to hold its ground during a down week. Average cash game traffic held steady at around 70 players, with peak traffic of around 200 cash game players.

This is a good sign for the network.

Seven-day rolling cash game traffic data:

  • Seven-day rolling average: 71 cash game players – up .4 percent compared to previous seven days

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  • Platform provider: 888
  • Sites in network: –

888 continues to be the most inconsistent of New Jersey’s online poker operators. After making solid gains last week, 888 and gave them back and then some, as cash game traffic dropped by almost 25 percent.

Seven-day rolling cash game traffic data:

  • Seven-day rolling average: 64 cash game players – down 24.87 percent compared to previous seven days

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PokerStars NJ

  • Platform provider: PokerStars
  • Sites in network:

PokerStars maintained its slim lead this week, but with both 888 and partypoker within striking distance, there is definitely some trouble on the horizon.

Seven-day rolling cash game traffic data:

  • Seven-day rolling average: 81 cash game players – down 6.72 percent compared to previous seven days

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Pala Poker

  • Platform provider: Pala
  • Sites in network:

Pala’s cash game struggles continued this week, but the site does seem to be building a small loyal player base for its daily guaranteed tournaments.

The two largest tournaments, 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.

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 still in beta-testing and doesn’t offer a signature Sunday tournament at this time.

Results for October 22, 2017

This past Sunday partypoker’s usual Sunday tournament was replaced by the Main Event of its GSSS Fall 17 series. The tournament had a buy-in of $320 and a guarantee of $100,000.

The tournament bested its guarantee by just over $3,000, which could account for the other two networks failing to meet their guarantees.

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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