Bovada New Jersey

Playing nice: major Internet gambling operator Bovada has announced it is no longer accepting New Jersey players, most likely due to regulatory concerns.

In a stunning turn of events, Bovada – a major online gambling presence that offers sports betting, poker, casino action, and horse race wagering – has just announced it will no longer accept New Jersey players on its site, Bovada.lv.

The surprising move appears to be in reaction to recent moves by New Jersey regulators that could potentially create another Black Friday-type episode for unsanctioned gambling sites actively enlisting American players.

In an official statement released today, Betting Partners said:

“Our partner brand Bovada.lv has chosen to stop new account registrations for residents of the state of New Jersey. This is a decision they have taken of their own volition.”

Unauthorized Play

Earlier this month, the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (NJDGE) wrote to six US affiliate sites, telling them to “immediately remove any online gaming links that are not authorized under federal law or under the law of any state.”

With Bovada falling under that category, the major Internet operator may feel it’s best to protect its reputation, and not fall prey to the fate of companies like PokerStars which, though chomping at the bit to enter the legal and regulated US online market now, have so far been prevented from doing so in the three legal states (Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey), due to its “bad actor” designation for post-Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) behavior.
The assistant attorney general of New Jersey, George N. Rover, signed the official letter, lending credence to the undertone that not to obey would leave affiliates’ own legal and compliant status in question.

Playing Nice

While making the key announcement, Bovada has made it clear that the move applies to all new players from New Jersey. The company also specified that accounts of existing US players are perfectly safe, and are not being shut down at this time, but that no new New Jersey players would be allowed to sign up on Bovada for the foreseeable future.