The list of unregulated poker sites willing to serve customers in regulated American markets just got shorter by one.
In an email sent to players today, the Winning Poker Network (WPN) announced that they are suspending the ability of customers from New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware to play for real money at WPN, “effective immediately.”
Those three states are the only in the U.S. to offer regulated online poker to players within state borders.
The emergence of regulated options in those states was cited by WPN as the logic behind the network’s departure.
“Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey have stepped up to allow their respective residents to play on licensed, local State poker sites,” the email reads. “Accordingly, the Winning Poker Network has determined to decline offering services to residents seeking to play from those three States which have expressly legalized online poker, effective immediately.”
Read the full email below.
WPN is the third-largest online poker network still serving American customers. The network is home to True Poker, America’s Cardroom and Black Chip Poker, among others.
WPN’s exit follows a similar move by the Merge Network (the second largest US-facing network) which announced its departure from New Jersey and Delaware back in January.
The largest US-facing site – Bodog / Bovada – continues to accept players from New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware.
While the language of the announcement seems unequivocal, at least one player found that continuing to play at WPN from Nevada wouldn’t be that much of a challenge.
Over on PocketFives, Steve Brogan reported being contacted by Black Chip Poker support and told that his account would be updated in order to indicate that he resided in California, even though Brogan resides in Nevada:
I just received a call from Customer Support at BlackChipPoker (BCP) giving me the update. The company sent out the email because they felt that they had to. But I was told not to worry. This would affect only new players from Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware. I was told that I could continue to play, to deposit and to withdraw. They said that they were going to change the state that I reside in for California for me so that my account will still be active and that I should no longer be concerned.
Jen Newell indicated on Twitter that Brogan wasn’t alone in his experience. I wasn’t immediately able to find additional reports from players, but I have no reason to doubt Brogan or Newell.
Our goal at TruePoker is to build a poker community where players come first. But we also strive to play fairly. As a result, our network has decided to stop serving players in New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware due to the availability of a regulated poker market in those states.
Winning Poker Network has traditionally offered online poker players around the World access to play the game they love, even where there is no expressed licensing/regulation of local operators.
Within the US, the States of Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey have stepped up to allow their respective residents to play on licensed, local State poker sites. Those States have chosen to meet the demand for online poker locally, exclusively.
Accordingly, the Winning Poker Network has determined to decline offering services to residents seeking to play from those three States which have expressly legalized online poker, effective immediately. Players already accessing WPN who reside in those States will have access to their accounts to close out their balances. Real money play from residents in those states will no longer be permitted.