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Q: Size and breakdown of online poker industry ( Answered 3 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Size and breakdown of online poker industry
Category: Sports and Recreation > Games
Asked by: delard-ga
List Price: $200.00
Posted: 13 May 2005 06:37 PDT
Expires: 12 Jun 2005 06:37 PDT
Question ID: 521262

I would like to see a summary of size of the online poker industry -
ie as much as possible of the following :

- estimate of the current total revenue generated by all the sites
- total number of people who regularly play poker online
- total number of people across all the sites playing at any given time

Broken down by site and type of game where possible (ie limit vs no limit etc).

Obviously this is a potentially large subject - so I'm not expecting
miracles - and some of this info may not be available.

Note - this isn't massively urgent - ie I can wait a couple of days if
you need time.

Please let me know if you need any more info.

thanks - Delard
Subject: Re: Size and breakdown of online poker industry
Answered By: belindalevez-ga on 13 May 2005 08:00 PDT
Rated:3 out of 5 stars
<Estimated number of active real money player online during:
April 2005 ? 1,773,700.
March 2005 ? 1,822,500
February 2005 ? 1,718,300
January 2005 ? 1,639,800
December 2004 - 1,381,500
November 2004 ? 1,415,800
Figures are also given for October and September 2004.

Current real money ring game players ? 18,660

Estimate of total real money wagered in ring games over the past 24
hours - $191,354,582.

(Source: has details of the action on games at the main poker
sites including PartyPoker, PokerStars, Prima Poker, Paradise,
UltimateBet,, Pacific Poker at, CryptoLogic,
Ladbrokes, B2Bpoker, The Tribeca Poker Network, International Poker
Network, Full Tilt Poker,, Pokertropolis, Action Poker,
World Poker Exchange, Bugsys Club, AmericasCardRoom and MVP Poker.

It gives details of the current action and 24 hour peaks. During the
last 24-hour peak there were over 125,000 playing. 

This page explains the abbreviations.
The games are broken down as:
RG ? the number of real money ring games with one or more players.
RP ? The number of seated real money ring game players.
TP ? The number of real money tournament players.
H ? The number of real money hold?em games with one or more seated players
O ? The number of real money Omaha games with one or more seated players
S ? The number of real money stud games with one or more seated players.

According to Pokerpulse, an estimated 1.1 million people have active
accounts at the five largest web-based poker networks. They will bet
more than $38 billion in 2004 or $104 million per day.,1759,1763272,00.asp+poker+%22million+people%22&hl=en&ie=UTF-8

More than $192 million was wagered online in a 24 hour span last week
according to

According to an estimated 1.88 million people played
online in February 2005, a 264% increase from a year earlier. (Source:
Which online poker sites are safebets? Jennifer Mulrean.)

The research group River City calculated last month that such revenues
from the world's 200-plus poker websites now approach $2bn a year. It
believes some 1.5 million people play poker online regularly for real
money and that the number is growing by 100,000 a month.

Party Poker accounts for more than half the worldwide poker market. It
claims that 65,000 people, mostly Americans, play simultaneously on
its site at peak hours. (Source: Survey shows 4 million Britons use
the web for betting. Nils Pratley. January 28, 2005.)>

PokerPulse also sells 3 online poker action information reports. 
1. Hourly summary
2. Daily Estimate
3. Operation reports ? giving a break down of action by game type.>

<Search strategy:>


<poker "million people" pokerpulse>

<poker "million people">

<Hope this helps.>

Request for Answer Clarification by delard-ga on 16 May 2005 10:18 PDT

A lot of this info is from - do you know how much of
the industry they cover - ie what is missing?

Also can you find any info on the split between limit poker and no-limit?

Or any revenue totals split by site?

I probably should have been more explicit about the level of detail I
wanted in the answer - but I didn't want to preclude a partial answer
if some info didn't exist.

However I was expecting a bit more than this for $200 - it looks like
a series of cut and pastes from a few web sites with links added - ie
a whole bunch of different facts from different contexts - not really
a summary.

Anyway - do you think you could add more detail? Again I'm not looking
for miracles given that its a big subject - but I would like to be
reassured I didn't pay $200 for 20 minutes work.

thanks - delard

Clarification of Answer by belindalevez-ga on 17 May 2005 04:46 PDT
<The PokerPulse figures are the most detailed records that you can
find on the online poker industry. PokerPulse tracks 236 poker rooms.
Since the top 10 poker sites account for approximately 90% of the
online poker market the coverage provide by PokerPulse is

A detailed split of revenues is provided for 236 poker rooms from this
page. If you click on the word details by each poker room, you can
find breakdowns for each poker room. Copyright restrictions prevent me
from giving all the figures in my answer.

PokerPulse figures have an accuracy of around 10%. There is a detailed
report here showing the accuracy of the PokerPulse reports.

I could not find any info on the split between limit poker and no-limit poker.

To re-assure you, this is a subject that I have researched and written
about for over 20 years.>

<Hope this helps.>
delard-ga rated this answer:3 out of 5 stars
OK - I'm reassured - I was just a bit disturbed by the quick answer -
but if thats because you already know the subject then fine.

thanks - Delard

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