Ignition Poker traffic has slightly decreased over the last couple weeks to the lowest spot in the last six months. Should players be worried? In short, no.
The poker room at Ignition Poker remains one of the top 2 or 3 (if not top) options for players in North America — for a variety of reasons and we don’t see that changing anytime soon.
Reasons for the Ignition Poker Traffic Decline
First, let’s be clear: as of this writing, Ignition Poker is still the number one poker room accepting U.S. players. They are still a well-liked poker room. And when we are about a talking a traffic decline, its been fairly gradual over the last few months.
Still, the Winning Poker Network has become solid alternative and is catching up the poker room a bit. This is despite some negative news over the last couple weeks related to DDOS attacks (those appear to be rectified) at WPN.
Some of the decline can be attributed to seasonality. The weather is getting warmer in much of the northern hemisphere, and as a result, more people are enjoying the outdoors. This is one reason why the summer is typically the slowest time of the year for online poker.
It also should be noted that Ignition Poker underwent a big move last year. They purchased the Bovada Poker player base, a well-established brand name to U.S. players, and migrated players over to the unknown Ignition Casino. Although they did a good job in the migration, the lack of brand recognition is sure to affect new and even existing play to a certain extent. The Ignition Casino brand is something that will take time to build up.
Also, it appears clear at this point that Bodog’s move into Central America is not having that big of an effect — at least yet. The Central American countries represent a large increase in the number of countries allowed, but clearly new players aren’t flocking to the poker room at this point. That could change, but at this point the PWL network is apparently still being driven by U.S. and Canadian players.
One also has to wonder the negative impact of not having U.S. sportsbettors directly tied to the poker room is having. These players can still bet on the Bovada sportsbook, but to play poker is not as easy as a simple transfer any longer. These players previously represented some of the juciest activity on the poker room, which as poker ecologists know, likely significantly helped the games.
Why You Should Not be Concerned
Despite some relatively small traffic declines, there is nothing at this point that suggests that long time players of Ignition Poker should worry at all. Traffic is still very solid at the site, and besides the Winning Poker Network, there is no real threat from other poker rooms at the moment.
They also continue to pay players as fast as any other online poker room. This is arguably the most important aspect of a U.S. online poker room these days. In addition, the games are still solid, management has been ahead of the curve for quite awhile and players generally seem to like to play there.
As long as Ignition Poker (and Bodog) continues to do the things they have done to get them here, their position in the poker world will not change.
What is Ignition Poker Traffic Like?
Ignition Poker and the PWL network is the 5th largest online poker room in the world. Only PokerStars, 888poker, Winamax.fr and IDNPoker are larger. Well-known international networks such as PartyPoker, iPoker and MPN are smaller than Ignition Poker. And besides a recent challenge from WPN, Ignition Poker is still 2x is large as Chico and over 6x larger than Merge Gaming.
Cash games at Ignition are condensed into varieties of Hold’em, Omaha and Omaha H/L. This limited selection means that activity is not diluted into other games. No Limit Hold’em is available at most stakes, while the poker room even has some pretty solid Limit Hold’em action. Players are also likely to be surprised at the amount of activity at the Omaha games as well.
For Ignition Poker tournaments, the poker room guarantees $2 million in weekly guarantees with $100k guaranteed as the Sunday major. The Black Diamond Poker Open series, which was just held, guaranteed an additional $3 million in prizes over 1 month with $300k in the Main Event.
If you are a U.S. player, you are going to be hard pressed to find the combination of large traffic, great games and fast payment processing that you can find at the Ignition Casino poker room.