Bovada, the industry’s leading online poker room for American players, is no longer accepting sign-ups from the regulated states of Nevada and Delaware.
That decision comes as no surprise considering that Bovada implemented the same policy for New Jersey players last month. Those residing in the trio of regulated states who already have valid accounts at Bovada can reportedly keep playing at the site’s anonymous tables, but new deposits will no longer be processed, iGaming Business reported.
We are sorry. We do not accept registrations from your state. For more information please contact us,” is the message received by players within the regulated states when attempting to create a new account.
Unregulated poker sites operating in the U.S. have been feeling the heat from officials in the regulated states. New Jersey gaming regulators noted that many residents continued to log on at the likes of Bovada, Americas Cardroom and Full Flush Poker despite having access to regulated sites.
That led to the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement writing a letter to half a dozen U.S. affiliate sites demanding the removal of links to poker rooms operating outside of newly-enacted regulations. Since that time, the majority of U.S.-friendly unregulated sites have withdrawn and are no longer friendly to players in New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware.