PokerStars continues to be the dominant player in the U.S online poker market. Latest figures from online poker traffic surveyor GameIntel show that the operator is leading in overall cash game traffic across the country as of May 31, with its rooms in Pennsylvania and Michigan attracting the most numbers.
PokerStars now operates in three US states after recently expanding to both the Keystone and Wolverine States. In New Jersey, the operator lags behind its main competitors, BetMGM and WSOP/888. PokerStars NJ recorded just 91 concurrent seats, compared with BetMGM (100 concurrent seats filled) and WSOP/888 (189 concurrent seats filled).
However, when stats from its PA and MI rooms are factored in, PokerStars emerges as the clear frontrunner. PokerStars PA leads the cash game traffic with 289, followed by its Michigan counterpart with 239. Combined, the entire PokerStars US operations recorded 619 concurrent seats filled as of May 31.
PokerStars is doing really well in the newly regulated markets of Pennsylvania and Michigan amidst competition in both states, making it well-positioned for shared liquidity once both states decide to participate in the multi-state online poker agreement, which currently involves New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware.
The operator launched in the Keystone State in November 2019, and only went live in Michigan in late Jan 2021. Numbers have remained strong, despite a slight decline in the months following its launch in the two states. And now, despite no longer enjoying an online poker monopoly after BetMGM entered both states, PokerStars still rules the stats.
BetMGM’s latest cash game traffic in its MI and PA rooms sit at 59 and 28 respectively. Combined with its NJ site, the operator has recorded a total of 187 concurrent seats filled across the US, that’s far below PokerStars’ total of 619.
PokerStars Set to Enjoy Network Dominance
The rankings might change soon, especially as WSOP.com is set to launch in PA and MI by the end of June, but for the time being, PokerStars can celebrate the fact that it has managed to maintain its status as the leading online poker site in the US.
Furthermore, PokerStars’ dominance in PA and MI could pave the way for it to become the biggest online poker network in the U.S. It will go head to head with WSOP/888 which is currently benefiting from the only multi-state network in the country.