One area where the increase of regulated online poker markets in the US is having an impact is with the numbers of unregulated poker providers who are dropping out. For the companies offering an official online poker provision, this news will be a double bonus, offering a bigger bonus for their presence in markets such as Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey.
The latest network to pull out is the Winning Poker Network. The firm has emailed all of their players saying that real money poker would be removed immediately from play for players in the regulated states. Given that these are the only three regulated states in the US so far, it is not as though it takes out the entire market but any loss in customers, or indeed, any loss of poker playing options will have an impact. WPN has noted that the firms operating in these areas, and the regulators themselves, have been working hard to ensure local players turn to the regulated sites and WPN has decided to withdraw from this market.
WPN leaves the market to Bovada and regulated sites
At this moment in time, the Winning Poker Network is the third biggest online poker network that caters to the needs of US players. Sites like Black Chip Poker, America's Cardroom and True Poker are all found on WPN and these sites will now no longer be available to players in these three states. This move follows on from a similar move undertaken by the Merge Network, which is the second biggest poker network that faces the US. The network announced they were leaving Delaware and New Jersey back in January. This means that only the largest US facing site, Full Flush Poker, is accepting players from these three states with respect to the big three options.
Of course, nothing ever runs smoothly or straightforward with respect to online poker in the United States. Some people have found that it is possible to access WPN from these states and this has led some in the poker community to believe that this is all part of a ruse or a scam to bring people into these sites. It's not as though this would be the worst trick or promotional stunt that an online poker site would pull, so you would have to say that it isn't a surprise! This is definitely an online poker story that is worth keeping tabs on.
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