Cash Game Traffic Continues to Grow at BetOnline Poker
Despite the site´s Bad Beat Jackpot having been won recently, the volume of traffic at BetOnline Poker has continued to grow according to PokerScout.com.
Just over two weeks ago, we published an article about how the Bad Beat Jackpot at BetOnline Poker was rapidly approaching $400,000. Two days later, before the landmark figure could be reached, the Jackpot was won in a nine-handed NL Hold´em game in which one player flopped Quad Jacks, only to see their hand beaten by Quad Aces on the River.
However, despite the massive prize of nearly $392,000 having been won, the volume of cash game traffic at BetOnline Poker has continued to grow – peaking at almost 1,500 players since the Jackpot was won and averaging more than 33% higher than at the same time last year. There are three possible factors to account for the site´s continued growth.
Traffic Driven to the Cash Tables by Weekly Promotion
The increase in cash game traffic at BetOnline Poker could be attributable to the site´s weekly Cash Race promotion. This promotion rewards twenty players in each of three price-range categories for the action they put in at the tables. With $10,000 up for grabs each week, competition for the top places in each category is fierce and often players will compete in more than one price-range category to maximise their chances of adding to their bankrolls at the end of the week.
The promotion is run as a leaderboard competition, with the price-range categories being for games with blinds up to $0.50/$1.00, games with blinds from $1.00/$2.00 to $2.00/$4.00 and games with blinds of $3.00/$6.00 and higher. Three Cash Race Points are awarded for each 100 Comp Points earned for contributing to the rake, and Comp Points are earned at the rate of 100 points per dollar – so leaderboard places can change quickly after a couple of busy sessions.
Are More Poker Refugees Heading to BetOnline Poker?
It is well chronicled that a significant proportion of European players in ring-fenced countries choose to play at offshore sites such as BetOnline Poker because of its lower rake. The most recent example of this is the regulation of online poker in Portugal. Cash game traffic at offshore sites fell significantly when pokerstars.pt went live in November 2016, but it has since recovered – while the seven-day average number of cash game players at pokerstars.pt has fallen from 1,800 to 800 in just three months.
There will likely be more poker refuges playing at offshore sites in the near future if the Interactive Gaming Amendment Bill is passed by Australia´s Senate next month. 888Poker has already stopped providing a service to players in Australia, and PokerStars and Party Poker have indicated they will follow suit if the bill is passed. Although a campaign has been started to create a carve-out for online poker in the bill, one Australian Senator advised players to “Get yourself a VPN and an offshore account”.
BetOnline Poker Bonus – 200% Up To $2,500
The third possible factor to account for the site´s continued growth is the generous first deposit BetOnline Poker bonus of 200% up to $2,500. The bonus is not only generous in its size, but also in its clearing requirements. $5 of the bonus is released each time a player collects 1,500 Comp Points (equivalent rakeback = 33%), and players have sixty days from the date of their first deposit to clear the full bonus – or as much of it as possible.
If you would like to join the growing number of players competing for the re-seeded Bad Beat Jackpot (currently $191,000), fancy your chances at taking on the regs for the top prizes in the Weekly Cash Race, or are simply a poker refugee looking for somewhere reliable to play, register an account with BetOnline Poker today and make your first deposit using the BetOnline Poker promo code “VIP2500” to qualify for the full 200% bonus on first deposits up to $2,500.