VIP Sports based in Curacao and Matchbook.com based in Antigua have decided to pull their business completely from Washington State residents. After the State Supreme court ruling that deemed the state’s ban on online gambling constitutional, the companies will no longer be serving Washington state residents.
Emails were sent to Washington State players in the past few days,
Thank you for funding your Matchbook account in the past. Going forward, please note that we will no longer be able to process withdrawals to your jurisdiction. We request that you do not make any further deposits to your Matchbook account from your current registered address. We will notify you by email when withdrawals to your location are available again. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us by email or live chat (via our Contact Us page).
VIP Sports made the decision not to accept new US customers in February of 2007 after the implementation of the UIGEA. They allowed their current customer base to continue playing if they had made deposits in the past.
Matchbook.com until recently was under the WSEX umbrella of companies led by Jay Cohen, noted for their slow, drag it out payment style, will continue to accept customers from the other 49 states in the union. The company is stepping out from WSEX and it will operate as an independent operator. It remains to be seen if their sloth-like payments continue away from Jay Cohen’s hand.
This is just another blow to Washington State online gamblers after PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker ceased operations in Washington State.