Equity Poker Network bid US regulated market good-bye
ATLANTIC CITY - Equity Poker Network (EPN) pulled out from regulated US market following Full Flush Poker (FFP) and Winning Poker Network’s (WPN) announcement of retreat from the three states with legal and regulated online poker.
“Our players are our number one priority, but playing fair is also central to our ethos. We believe this decision is in the best interests of the Network and its Operators to add and adhere to this Rule, given the availability of regulated poker in these U.S. states,” EPN stated in a press release.
EPN added, “we take great pride in delivering our recreational poker community with reliable access to our EPN poker rooms. Our goal is to ensure that they continue to enjoy a fun and safe time at EPN’s tables with every confidence and trust.”
FFP declared earlier that the decision to withdraw from the three states was effective immediately. All players from Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware were expected to receive notification email for the change in policy and closure of accounts.
“FullFlushPoker.com (“FFP”), flagship online poker room of the Equity Poker Network (“EPN”), announced today that effective immediately, they have withdrawn the full suite of online real-money gaming options for players residing in the regulated U.S. States of New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware.”
Moreover, “players with existing FFP accounts who reside in these three states will have access to them to close out their balances. FFP will work quickly to return player funds to those affected.”
According to FFP representative, the decision was made in order to ensure that the vast majority of their customers from outside of Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware will continue to have access to the site without disruption or inconvenience.
“Our priority still remains our players, and we’re proud to provide our loyal customers from around the globe with a fun and entertaining poker environment that they can trust, and that operates with the highest values of fairness, integrity and security.”
Based on reports, the withdrawal of EPN as well as FFP and WPN from the US regulated market was a stance to avoid the cease and desist letter sent by the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) and the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office to six online poker affiliates in April.
“Any website that offers or displays such games through the Internet without the approval of NJDGE is violating the criminal laws of the state of New Jersey,” warned Assistant Attorney General George Rover.
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