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Bovada Re-Opens Poker Site to New York Players

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Bovada Re-Opens Poker Site to New York Players

Bovada is ready to try its luck again offering poker in New York. The gambling brand announced this week that it is reopening its platform to players in New York State after blocking them for the past year. The site reportedly avoided New York due to the state’s strict anti-online gambling laws.

Online poker players in New York will once again have the option of logging into Bovada, but with the platform’s history, they may want to think twice. Bovada’s on-again-off-again relationship with the United States poker market does not exactly inspire confidence.

Bovada was active in the U.S. market including New York until 2016, when it abruptly withdrew from the country. At the same time, Ignition Poker launched in the U.S., raising suspicions that the two brands were owned by the same company and Bovada was using Ignition to separate distance its brand from any heat within the gray market.

After roughly a one-year hiatus, Bovada made its return to the U.S. in 2017. The platform elected to drop its gaming license from the Kahnawake Gaming Commission and continue without any official operating licenses. However, on its return, Bovada blocked five states: Nevada, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and New York.

Poker players might notice some similarities among the names on this list – three states offer regulated online poker. One state, New York, had online poker regulations in the works. The state failed to pass online gambling legislation last year, which could possibly explain why Bovada is ready to welcome back New York poker players.


Hailing from Wisconsin but arriving in Las Vegas in 1995, I'm better known at various US online poker rooms under the pen name "OreoBob" and "SoyFlush". I'm an avid poker player and editor-at-large who has contributed as a freelance writer for diverse national and international iGaming publications since 2004.

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