Leaves USThe mass exodus continues in the US with the announcement from two more major players leaving the US market as of May 1st, 2011. and have both announced that as of May 1st, no ‘new’ players will be allowed to signup and gamble at establishments. This breaking news has not been conveyed to players of these two popular sites as of yet, but formal letters have been sent to their affiliates announcing this decision. In the affiliate correspondence, it is announced that ‘Both & are ceasing U.S. player acceptance as of May 1st, 2011. Existing players with accounts opened prior to May 1st, 2011 will still be able to gamble, deposit and withdraw from our sites, but no new accounts will be allowed.’

This new policy will extend to all their sites, not only their poker establishments, which will include any sports books, or casinos that they have under their brand. Black Friday’s seizure of three major online poker sites has had far-reaching effects for the U.S. online gaming community. Microgaming Casinos announced their decision to pull out of the US market totally and block all existing players from gambling which has hit the fans of online casinos in the US hard. Rival Gaming casinos have also blocked US players from logging into their accounts with the exception of a select few. It is getting harder and harder for players in the United States to find trustworthy online gambling establishments to enjoy this harmless pastime thanks to the DOJ and hopefully one day soon the tides will change bringing new and more player friendly laws to the US and its online gamblers.

By Patricia C. Senior Editor
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