Perhaps the most recognizable face in poker is also one that is unmistakably American. His mannerisms, his accent- even his nickname put him firmly in the US of A, but his poker room wasn't taking American players anymore. That has changed. Doyles Room, home of the world famous Doyle "Texas Dolly" Brunson, is reopening to US players.
The word on the "street" has Doyles Room open to US players as of October 18th, although there may be some time before those US players in question are aware of it. Logging on to the DR software reveals the typical greeting window with a "We've got a Big Secret!" message relating to the news but as US players weren't logging on just for fun it's unlikely many got the news this way.
The emails that some players got about the news didn't make it to all the players, and the news isn't on the web page DoylesRoom.com, but various news reports and a few traditionally reliable sources say it is so.
So why the switch back? DR was one of the staunch rooms that swore they would stay open to US players in the face of the UIGEA, and they did hang in longer than many of their contemporaries, but being part of the Tribeca network they eventually had to bow to the pressure. Now that they are with Prima they are letting US players back in- with some exceptions.
To play at DoylesRoom from the US you have to reside in a state that does not have any laws against online poker (and no, the State of Denial does not count.) Contact the DR support number (get that and the support email from our Doyles Room Review) to get your password reset if you already have an account. We called them up and were provided with this list of US states that they will NOT accept:
Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, Washington
(Editor's Note: Saddle up to Doyles Room, pardner, and get up to $250!)