We don’t have a Pinnacle account or an agent and we’ve never dealt with the book. We’re law-abiding citizens, after all, and Pinnacle has been off limits to US players for more than a decade.
Nonetheless, many US-based residents continue to use the offshore in various forms and fashions (mostly through agents on credit accounts), and have experienced tremendous uncertainty since Wednesday, when the feds arrested 25 people in connection with a gambling ring that encompassed five states.
Some professional bettors we’ve been in contact with said they’ve already begun the process of withdrawing funds and said they’d leave a limited amount of money in their account for the foreseeable future.
“Just enough to play around with,” one said.
Others who operate through agents have had their accounts cut off, even if only momentarily, and are playing things day by day. One reader told us that he lost access to his Pinnacle account on Thursday only to regain it a day later.
On Friday, the Linemakers’ David Purdum reported that “Pinnacle accounts, possibly all-US based, have been closed.” However, we’ve heard from at least two people who say they’ve regained access and have suffered nothing more than a minor inconvenience.
If you have a Pinnacle account, we’re curious: What is the current status of your account and will you continue to post up despite all the uncertainty? Give us a shout at email@example.com.