The news that the Winning Poker Network is to withdraw from Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware has come as a major disappointment to players in those three states.
The Winning Poker Network today announced that it was no longer going to facilitate real money poker in the three states of Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware.
Citing the reasons for the withdrawal as being in the best interests of “fair play”, players resident in the three regulated states were advised by email that they will have access to their accounts to close out their balances, but real money play from residents in Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware will no longer be permitted.
Termination of Service Effective Immediately
The termination of real money poker on the Winning Poker Network is effective immediately and – according to a statement by Americas Cardroom spokesperson Michael Harris – the network has decided to stop serving players in Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware due to the availability of regulated online poker in those states.
Harris continued to say that the Winning Poker Network is expanding rapidly outside of the three regulated markets, and players from the rest of the US and the rest of the world will continue to see plenty of action at the tables and tournaments surpassing their guarantees. He commented that players from Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware would still be welcome at the network-sponsored live poker events, such as the Punta Cana Classic and LSOP Millions.
Big Disappointment for NJ and DE Players
The early reaction to the announcement from New Jersey based players on Americas Cardroom and Black Chip Poker was that the withdrawal of the Winning Poker Network was a big disappointment. The major concern for players in New Jersey was that the cash game action on the regulated sites was drying up, whereas Americas Cardroom and Black Chip Poker is always a good source of action.
Players in Nevada are less likely to feel the immediate effect of the Winning Poker Network´s departure as the World Series of Poker moves into town and WSOP.com launches plenty of incentives for players to compete in cash games on the site. Quite possibly – when the circus has come to a close this year – players in Nevada will feel equally disappointed.
Leaving or Told to Leave?
It is no secret that a number of online poker sites have already withdrawn from the three states offering regulated poker, and in January this year a number of high profile skins on the Merge Gaming Network publicly abandoned poker players in New Jersey and Delaware, and then more quietly exited the Nevada online poker scene.
Speculation since the beginning of the year was that more high profile poker sites would leave Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware as regulators (and competitors) looked to drive out companies that were not contributing to the state income, as payment processors increased their fees, and as increased penalties were introduced against “unlicensed providers”.
With Americas Cardroom and Black Chip Poker now no longer available in the states where online poker is regulated, it remains to be seen how sites such as Bovada Poker, Full Flush Poker and BetOnline Poker react to the news, and whether they will be able to fill the void left by the Winning Poker Network´s withdrawal from Nevada, New jersey and Delaware.
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