The regulation of online poker in some US states, namely Delaware, Nevada and New Jersey has meant that offshore rooms have begun assessing their situation in those states, and one of the largest offshore poker rooms, that of Americas Cardroom, has decided to pull out of US regulated states, meaning that players from those states may no longer play at this room, or indeed any skin on the Winning Poker Network.
A statement from an Americas Cardroom spokesperson reads, "Our goal at Americas Cardroom 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." Real money online poker players from those states who have accounts at ACR will of course be given time to withdraw their funds before any account closure is made and all players have been made aware of these changes.
The other major operator on the network is that of True Poker and their statement reads similarly to that of ACR, saying that, “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.” Although little notice was given of the changes, this move comes as no surprise to many , with other online poker rooms having previously made the same move, and it’s widely seen as the sensible longer term option allowing for growth in other areas while not provoking any possible action from regulated states.