In late March, PlanetWin365 launched its dedicated Italian platform, effectively segregating online poker playing Italians from the rest of the world. This has had no impact for players on the sportsbook and casino products, but it has apparently significantly impacted poker traffic on the network.
Hive Poker Network Traffic Takes a Hit
At its peak — around 2014 — the Hive Poker Network was on the outer fringes of the top 10 online poker networks in the world. Since then, the Hive poker network has seen a gradual decline in traffic over the last couple years. In late March, PlanetWin365.it launched. At that point, existing Italians migrated to the new Italian platform and the company began to accept Italian players once again.
While the PlanetWin365 casino and sportsbook continue to be their bread and butter, the Hive network has apparently suffered. Here is a sampling of PokerScout traffic from the last six months. We bet you will be able to tell when Italian players apparently left the poker room. We have no record on how many of these Italian players are joining games on the Italian platform.
Since the move of Italian players, games on the Hive Network have been slower to fill up, although players can find action at €0.25/€0.50 and below somewhat easily. Players playing higher stakes may have difficulty finding games. Tournament guarantees have also went down with the €10k guaranteed on Sunday either a €2,000 added or €5,000 over the next weeks. A Midnight Mania €1,000 guaranteed is the largest daily tournament.
What Does This Mean for PlanetWin365 Users?
PlanetWin365 is primarily known for its sportsbook and casino. The poker room has essentially acted as a supplementary product instead of a primary offering. Players that play the sportsbook or casino are not going to be affected at all. But if you play a lot of poker, you probably will notice fewer games, especially if you prefer to play higher limits. You also might have a harder time qualifying for higher VIP levels or clearing your PlanetWin365 Poker bonus.
If poker traffic continues to be weak, PlanetWin365 could conceivable move to a new network, such as Microgaming or iPoker. A couple years ago PlanetWin365 looked like they were going to Ongame after NYX Gaming Group announced a partnership. But Ongame closed in late 2016 after network skins poker rooms to other networks, effectively taking away that option.
For now, if you are primarily a poker player, you may be disappointed with the games that are available. But if you just bet sports, play games in the casino or even play a limited amount of poker, you PlanetWin365 is still your best option. In fact,