Within the last couple months there have been a few changes in the US online poker world. If you’ve been watching closely you probably already noticed. It has been a couple months since RakeTheRake offered rakeback to US poker players. It seems that they aren’t the only ones going with this route.
Recently Americas Cardroom announced that it had stopped serving players in New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware. Some poker players are worried that this is just the beginning of things to come. However, Americas Cardroom has reassured its player base that they are going to continue providing poker services to the states that don’t have state regulated online poker. Which, for now, is all the other states.
Directly from the Americas Cardroom website in their terms and conditions we find this new updated section that outlines the states allowed.
1.4 Residents of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, State of Maryland, State of New Jersey, State of Delaware, State of Nevada or Washington State may not download and use the Software for any purpose. No license is granted hereunder to any User located within any jurisdiction where such offer of a license by ACR or use by such person thereof shall violate any applicable laws.
This is the first time that they have explicitly listed these 3 states as places they don’t allow service.
Americas Cardroom spokesperson Michael Harris stated that it was for the betterment of the poker community, “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.”
It’s hard to say whether or not this statement is actually true. It may be that they are just doing it so they can stay out of trouble. Or possibly they are doing it in hopes that they will one day be able to jump into the US market in those states. It’s hard to say at this point, but one thing is clear. No more ACR poker in those states with US regulated poker.
Americas Cardroom closing down their poker rooms to US players with US rooms
So if you’re in one of those states you need to close out your balance and move on. It’s time to find other places to play. According to ACR you will have plenty of time to get into your account and close out your balance. I would recommend that you do it asap.
According to the ACR representative Harris everyone else shouldn’t worry about this change because, “We’re growing extremely rapidly outside of the three regulated markets, so players can expect to see lots of action at the tables and guarantees that surpass what’s promised.”
I’m sure that’s mostly true, however there does seem to be a lot of changes happening recently in the US online poker sites.
Let’s put it this way, if one of the biggest rakeback affiliates in the world (RakeTheRake) has quit giving US players links to get rakeback from sites that are not in the US then you should take note of that and expect a lot of changes in the future. It has been a couple months now and it doesn’t seem like RakeTheRake will be getting rakeback for US players anytime soon. You’ll have to find an alternative for rakeback.
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