Merge Gaming and Cake Poker Leave the State of Utah04/12/2012
Last month, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed a preemptive bill that banned online gambling in the state, even if a U.S. federal bill were to pass Congress. As a result, two top U.S. facing rooms have begun to restrict players from registering accounts in Utah. Yesterday, a Carbon Poker RakeBack NIPT rep confirmed that the poker room has stopped accepting new sign-ups. Today, we received word that Cake Poker (the internet's third largest U.S. facing network) has followed suit.
Utah is one of two states in the United States -- the other one being Hawaii -- that does not allow any land-based legalized gambling so it is no surprise that Utah has taken this step. It's also no surprise that Cake Poker and Merge Gaming have left Utah, as they are two networks that have been quick to take action when the legal environment becomes more clear.
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