Bovada Poker – the US facing arm of Bodog Poker – is to close the online poker accounts of all Washington State based players and given residents of the Evergreen State until the end of April to clear their accounts.
The move follows last month´s decision to ban players from the State of Maryland for which the company stated that
continuing difficulties finding and maintaining acceptable payment options as the reason for the closure of the accounts.
Email Sent to Players
Although no public announcement of the ban was made by the online poker site, players were informed of the decision to close their accounts by email. In the email, Bovada Poker advised players to request a cashout by 30th April and warned them that a flood of withdrawal requests may delay receipt of their funds. Players were also warned that beyond the end of the month “we cannot guarantee an immediate availability of options for payments to your state.”
No New Accounts in Utah or New York
Bovada Poker also made the decision last month to prohibit new accounts from being opened in the States of Utah and New York, and other States may soon be added to this list as legislators decide whether they want to allow poker players access to online poker sites in their States. Bovada Poker´s actions in rebranding from Bodog Poker and restricting players from selected States have not prevented the US authorities from seizing the Bodog.com domain name and indicting four high-ranking Bodog employees – including company founder Calvin Ayre – for running an “illegal gambling business”.
Will the Last Poker Player to Leave Washington Please Turn Off the Lights!
Playing online poker in Washington State has actually been a Class C felony since 2010 (PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker withdrew from the State shortly after the legislation was introduced) and with skins on the Merge and Cake networks having already withdrawn from Washington, there are now no major online poker sites servicing the State. Response to the news of account closures on popular poker forums has been generally one of resignation, although some players are still considering moving outside the State in order to continue playing on Bovada Poker.