Without making a formal announcement, Intertops has stopped accepting players from the U.S. unless those players have been invited to sign up by other established players.
Intertops is on the Revolution Gaming Network, re-branded on June 1 from Lock Poker’s acquisition of the Cake Poker Network. Revolution became the largest U.S.-friendly online poker network last week, overtaking the Merge Gaming Network. However, as of this writing, Merge has regained the top spot, currently in 10th place on PokerScout’s worldwide ranking of player traffic. Revolution Gaming is just behind in 11th place, with a seven-day average of cash players at 1,080, trailing Merge’s 1,120.
Several other poker sites on the Revolution Network that were part of the Cake Network also do not accept American players. It is not clear at this time whether or not this is a temporary move by Intertops to restrict players from the U.S. Industry observers have come to believe that the changeover from Cake to Revolution Gaming and the ensuing surge in new players that signed up at various sites on the network–including Intertops–has proven to be too much for Intertops at present.
Intertops is the world’s oldest Internet gambling website, with offerings that include poker, sports betting and an online casino. Prohibiting new U.S. players comes as a bit of a surprise because on Tuesday Intertops tweeted that “USA players always welcome.”