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.”
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.