Two weeks ago, Winning Poker Network announced that it plan to stop providing real money gaming services in Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware. The network said that it believed in the spirit of fair competition and wanted to allow regulated gaming sites to compete in the market. Equity Poker Network (EPN) has since followed suit. Full Flush Poker, one of EPN’s biggest poker skins, recently announced that it is going to be leaving markets that have regulated online gambling.
A representative from Full Flush Poker said that the site’s goal is to continue serving people that couldn’t otherwise play real money gaming. The spokesperson said that they will continue to serve players in other jurisdictions that have not regulated any form of online gambling.
Full Flush Poker has already barred players from New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware from accessing its site. Players from these sites will receive notices shortly, which will contain instructions to withdraw their accounts. Full Flush Poker said that it wants to reimburse players for their deposits as soon as possible.
The announcements from EPN and WPN are encouraging for regulated online gaming providers. Gaming providers in these states have been struggling to grow their businesses as quickly as they initially predicted. They should be able to meet their revenue targets more easily without having to compete with unregulated gaming providers.
These announcements will also remind lawmakers throughout the country that black market gaming providers are already offering services to United States citizens. They may be more likely to support the legalization of online gambling if they feel it will replace black market providers.