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In a sudden move Wednesday, the Winning Poker Network announced that it will no longer be accepting real-money activity from customers who reside within the states of Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey.

The new policy takes effect immediately with players in those areas able to access their accounts to make necessary cashout arrangements.

Pokerfuse has examined two separate statements from WPN skins—Americas Cardroom and True Poker—both verifying the immediate cessation of real money activities in those three states.

WPN Tips Its Hat to Licensed, Regulated US Markets

An official press release issued by Americas Cardroom included a quote from spokesperson Michael Harris that conveyed a somewhat courteous exit strategy from the NV, DE and NJ markets.

“Our goal at Americas Cardroom is to build a poker community where players come first. But we also strive to play fairly. As a result, our network has decided to stop serving players in New Jersey, Nevada, and Delaware due to the availability of a regulated poker market in those states,” Harris stated.

The AC press release added, “With Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey now allowing their respective residents to play on licensed, local state poker sites, Americas Cardoom’s network, the Winning Poker Network, has decided to no longer serve players in those markets.”

True Poker’s message to affected players was similar in its tone. Players were notified that “Nevada, Delaware and New Jersey have stepped up to allow their respective residents to play on licensed, local State poker sites. Those States have chosen to meet the demand for online poker locally, exclusively.”

“Accordingly, the Winning Poker Network has determined to decline offering services to residents seeking to play from those three States which have expressly legalized online poker, effective immediately,” the message continued.

Growing Online Poker Network

The Winning Poker Network has been in the news lately due to its competitive position within the overall US Offshore market; running neck-and-neck with Revolution and Merge.

Earlier this year, WPN CEO Phil Payton told pokerfuse that although he does not possess any “delusions” that his operations will be accepted in a state-by-state market, he does foresee continued growth for the online poker network in 2014.

WPN is currently up to 900 real-money cash game peaks and $100k GTD multi-table tournaments. My goal is to try and at least double those numbers this year,” said Payton.

The WPN introduced a $20,000 Guaranteed Sunday High Roller Tournament on May 4th and doubled the guarantee of its $215 flagship NLHE tournament (as a one-time promotion) this past Sunday.