Bovada Restricts Players from Nevada and Delaware

Bovada, Nevada, Delaware, online poker regulation

Following the lead of other online poker operators in the US this year trying to steer clear of regulatory issues, Bovada will no longer be accepting new players from Delaware or Nevada. (Image: Bovada logo)

Bovada, which ranks as the largest online poker site in the United States, will no longer be accepting new players from the states of Delaware and Nevada, the company has announced. Players in these states cannot create a new account and are presented with a three-sentence apology notification when they attempt to do so. Delaware and Nevada are two of the three states that have passed laws to allow for state-regulated online poker (with New Jersey being the third, of course) and recently made a pact to connect the states to share poker room traffic.

So Long and Thanks for All the Fish

Players within the states of Delaware and Nevada join those in Washington, Maryland, New York, and New Jersey as those who cannot make new accounts or make deposits at Bovada. If they attempt to do so they are given this note:

“We are sorry. We do not accept registrations from your state. For more information please contact us.”

The silver lining here is that existing players in these two newly affected states do not appear to be blocked from the site, should they have a balance in their accounts. The bad news for these existing players is that while they are able to play with real-money funds at Bovada poker tables, they are not able to make new deposits. There is no news about the withdrawal policy as of yet in light of this change, but there appears to be no change.

Garden State Blues Stated in May

The third state that allows for state-regulated online gaming, New Jersey, suffered the same fate just last month. Bovada pulled out of the state after receiving cease-and-desist letters sent to the company that operates the popular site. It stands to reason that a similar pattern might have formed in Delaware and Nevada.

Bovada’s Place in the United States

At the time of this article’s publication, according to popular industry watchdog site PokerScout.com, Bovada was the most popular poker room in the United States. The site has more than triple the traffic compared to the next highest poker network.

According to the site’s data, here are the top five poker rooms:

#1 Bovada: 1,350 7-day average
#2 Merge: 425 7-day average
#3 Winning: 260 7-day average
#4 Chico: 260 7-day average
#5 Equity: 160 7-day average

The bad news for players in regulated states is that Bovada follows the trend that Equity, Winning, and Merge all started previously in 2014. All of those poker networks now no longer accept players from “iGaming States” (i.e., legal and regulated) moving forward, and in some cases simply banned players altogether and forced them to withdraw immediately.

What’s the Alternative?

For those players in Nevada or Delaware, there are some alternatives to look at. While it does not come close to having the traffic of Bovada, there is WSOP.com, which gets about 140 players for its 7-day-average and is currently running some nice promotions for the World Series of Poker. Nevadans – and those visiting the state – can also enjoy Ultimate Poker, but the traffic is paltry at best, ranking in at just 55 players for a 7-day average.

Bovada’s History

Back in July 2011, Bodog announced that a deal they had with Morris Mohawk Gaming Group (MMGG) would terminate at the end of that year and all customers were then transferred to the new Bovada name. The United States Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Agency eventually seized the Bodog.com domain name in February 2012, despite the fact that it was inactive. Bodog was originally founded as an entertainment brand back in 2000 by Canadian entrepreneur Calvin Ayre.

Sean Gibson
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Sean Gibson
Sean Gibson has been an insider in the poker and casino industry for a number of years. Gibson has worked with many different media outlets and has covered events such as the World Series of Poker Main Event, the World Poker Tour Championship, and an infinite number of online events. He plays both 6-max and Full Ring No Limit Hold'em and can be found playing at either the Oceans 11 cardroom in Oceanside, CA or at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.

Comments

John wrote...

The main reason here for Bovada is the state regulation. Bovada is getting away with quite a bit right now with their own computer generated players. The whole ownership should be thrown in jail.

lee wrote...

how can you just say that, there was nothing wrong with bovada.i played bodog/bovada for years but thanks to Nevada lawmakers I cant now.thanks gov for making choices for me!

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