According to an email sent to Bovada’s New York players on June 21, 2021, all of the company’s New York-facing services, including online sports betting, online poker, and online casino gaming, will be discontinued.
Bovada’s decision to withdraw was based on the “future climate for online gambling in the state of New York” and the state’s “newly introduced regulation.”
Supporters of internet gambling in New York, such as State Senator Joe Abbaddo, predict the state will take its first legal sports wagers in early 2022, maybe before the Super Bowl in February. Addabbo told Elite Sports New York, “You don’t want to miss out on another Super Bowl.” Abbaddo believes this will serve as an excellent standard for New York to gauge progress.
Several other offshore sportsbooks that are part of PaiWangLuo Network, such as the Bodog Poker and The US-facing Ignition Casino, haven’t yet announced their departure from the US state of New York.
Being a part of the same network, both Bovada and Ignition have existed simultaneously, with the latter covering a more extensive customer base in terms of poker volume.
In addition to its online poker and online casino services, Ignition Casino does not provide online sports betting, save for fantasy sports-style tournaments. Because of this, it impossible to transfer all of Bovada’s present services and players to Ignition Casino.
Although the total loss of traffic to the network should be small, Bovada may publish follow-up advice recommending its New York players to consider switching to Ignition.
The voluntary pullout continues Bovada’s recent trend of pulling out of most US jurisdictions where online gambling of the sort it offers is legal and legally regulated. Bovada will have stopped operating in at least five US states, including Maryland, Delaware, Nevada, and New Jersey, as a result of its impending pullout from New York.