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I don’t know if it’s hit the New York Times yet. Apparently it was on Forbes. But this week the state of Maryland seized the bodog.com domain name again. Now, since many people know that Bovada.lv is the online casino that took over when Bodog left the market, this has caused a bit of concern. So, I’ve done some research into the situation.
Yes, the state of Maryland has seized the domain name bodog.com, but only that domain name. Bodog.eu remains operational and no funds from the company were seized. Bovada.lv is also still up and running for business and the only problem there could be that players haven’t updated their bookmarks and are relying on the old site to redirect them to Bovada. If that’s the case – guys, the URL you’re looking for is Bovada.lv.
Now, the action by the state of Maryland wasn’t unanticipated. Back in 2008 they pressed charges against a couple of payment processors who happened to handle accounts for Bodog. After that, Bodog knew they’d be investigated. Then in 2011, the FBI started seizing domain names and forcing Online Poker rooms out of the US market. That’s when Bodog took steps to avoid a crisis. First they changed their domain name to a .eu ending to distance themselves from the US. And since their contract with Morris Mohawk Gambling Group was up at the end of the year, they decided it would be the year to leave the US. Besides they had that shiny new license from the UK. MMGG wasn’t upset with the move because it gave them the perfect chance to launch their own brand – Bovada and to take over Bodog’s US customers, who would be looking for a place to play.
So, if you play at Bovada, or Bodog for those outside the US, the casinos are still open for business.Share on: