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PartyPoker's FastForward Falling Short of PokerStars' Zoom Poker

PartyPoker's FastForward Falling Short of PokerStars' Zoom Poker | Poker & eGaming News | Scoop.it

In recent days, PartyPoker's network, which includes sites like WPT Poker, rolled out FastForward, a fast-play option that's similar to Zoom Poker on PokerStars and Rush Poker on the old Full Tilt. According to PartyPoker's website, "You don't even have to wait for the action to hit you; if you don't want to play a hand, just hit the 'Forward Fold' button and you'll instantly be dealt into a new hand. Players at your table won't even know you have folded until it's your turn to act."

According to a recent update from PokerScout, which tracks cash game volume across the major online poker sites, FastForward's popularity has fallen well short of Zoom Poker. PokerScout officials explained the sizable discrepancy: "Although the data is preliminary, FastForward has thus far failed to attract players to the same extent as Zoom Poker on PokerStars. At PartyPoker, 8% to 9% of real money ring game players are in fast-fold games. In contrast, PokerStars had some 25% of players in fast-fold games after the launch in March."

In a March update from PokerScout shortly after Zoom Poker was unveiled, real money ring game traffic on PartyPoker, iPoker, Ongame, and Microgaming all sank by 5%. Where did the players go? PokerStars, of course, which saw its cash game traffic tick up 3% likely due to Zoom Poker.

 

Other sources:

http://www.pokerlistings.com/party-poker-launches-speedy-fastforward-poker-14436

 

Unique to Party Poker is the option to play heads-up FastForward, which is quite possibly the fastest poker game on earth.

 

Full Tilt Poker was originally the first site to the market with its Rush Poker in 2010 but now most major sites offer the variant including Zoom Poker on PokerStars and Speed Poker on Titan Poker.

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Italian cash poker stabilises as Stars, Microgame dominate

Italian cash poker stabilises as Stars, Microgame dominate | Poker & eGaming News | Scoop.it

Italy’s cash poker market showed signs of stabilisation in May following the substantial declines of previous months, according to the latest dataset from Italian regulator AAMS.

 

Gross gaming revenue (GGR) generated by the dot.it segregated player pool in May 2012 fell less than 1% month-over-month to €18m, compared to the 26% cumulative fall during the preceding three months.

 

Italy online poker market – May 2012 (% of GGR)*

Cash games – leading rooms

PokerStars.it – 26.3% (26%)
Lottomatica/Totosi.it – 14.2% (13.5%)
Gioco Digitale.it – 6.2% (6.3%)
Snai.it – 4.4% (4.4%)
Sisal.it – 3.4% (3.8%)

 

Cash games – leading networks**

Microgame/People’s Poker Network – 26.8% (26.4%)
Playtech – (including Snai, Sisal, Titan, Eurobet, Cogetech and others) – 13.1% (14%)
bwin.party (including Ongame sites) – 12.2% (12.7%)
Gioco Online Italia – 4.6% (4.4%)

 

Tournaments – leading rooms/networks**

PokerStars.it – 37.5% (39%)
Microgame/People’s Network – 22.6% (20.4%)
bwin.party (including Ongame sites) – 15.5% (14.5%)
Playtech – (including Snai, Sisal, Titan, Eurobet, Cogetech and others) – 12.7% (12.7%)
Lottomatica/Totosi.it – 11.2% (11.7%)

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