Bodog becomes latest site to leave U.S. online gaming market

Bodog became the latest online gaming site to leave the American market, announcing Tuesday that it will not renew its current license which expires at the end of this year.

The decision was made after Bodog received a license from the UK Gambling Commission, allowing the site to continue operations outside the scope of the increasingly restrictive U.S. market.

A statement from Bodog said U.S. residents will no longer be able to access any of the company's foreign sites once Morris Mohawk Gaming Group - Bodog's parent company - lets the license expire on Dec. 31.

"In order to ensure the brand’s expansion is not affected by negative perceptions, both in the UK and elsewhere in emerging markets such as Asia where Bodog88 is already successful, a decision has been made to withdraw the Bodog brand from the US market at the end of 2011," the statement said.

The statement also said Morris Mohawk Gaming plans a 2012 launch under its own brand. It has overseen the Bodog brand for the last five years.

Bodog offered online poker alongside wagering on sports and horse races.

The dissolution of Bodog's stateside outlet comes just days after a similar decision by online wagering site TheGreek.com, whose properties include

BetJamaica.com and PokerWorld.com. Bookmaker.com also moved its American operation.

The moves are designed to remain out of the reach of the U.S. Department of Justice, which has cracked down on national online betting this year through the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.

In April, the FBI shuttered the domains and seized the accounts of online poker sites PokerStars.com, FullTiltPoker.com and AbsolutePoker.com, leaving many players unable to collect their winnings.

In May, another government sweep closed a handful of sites, including betED.com.

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Posted by william555
3 years ago

Both Bodog and Bookmaker are terrible sportsbooks. That being said, there really is nothing else out there now for new players. BetEd, Sportsbook.com, TheGreek, WSEX, BetJamaica.com have all closed shop for US players. Its either a bookie or Las Vegas or Reno.
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Posted by dagrad
3 years ago

I honestly didn't even know they need a "license" considering offshore gambling is illegal to begin with. But no loss in Bodog though...i would agree with the others..they sucked balls. I honestly don't like any of those rich companies and will not be playing with them. Instead, I am going to use Matchbook.com. where the juice is less than 1%. I'd rather give the juice to my fellow gamblers. MATCHBOOK.com guys....play on!
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Posted by JamesPants
3 years ago

Bodog has been shitty. lol. No loss there.
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Posted by BombaBookie
3 years ago

Hmmmp, the only reason the U.S. Department of Justice was able to close down BetEd and seize all assets was due to money laundering within the US. I have to agree with SJ quote regarding Mohawks statement as the US market is a huuuuuuuge revenue stream to just walk away from...... Still being very cautious,,,,,,I will pay the processing fees and keep my bodog balance at my minimum. This sucks right before college fb when I really enjoy my habit....
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Posted by Vesco
3 years ago

Good...Bodog has become a horrible book over the last 8 months
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Posted by PaddyMacR
3 years ago

For sure, if you still can.
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Posted by ScottCooley
3 years ago

BookMaker did drop its .com URL but it is still available to U.S. customers. It's a top-notch sportsbook. The above statement was just a little misleading.
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Posted by SarahJPhilli
3 years ago

This is from Bodog Chat: "The Morris Mohawk Gaming Group will still continue to own and operate the business in the same way it does now and has done for the previous 5 years, just under a new brand. All player accounts and balances will automatically be transferred across to the new brand once the association with the Bodog brand ends and the business will continue to be run in the same way that has already earned your trust." . . . ?
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Posted by tmurda666
3 years ago

thats such bullshit..... i will have to withdraw all my funds soon...
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Posted by Vesco
3 years ago

"Good...Bodog has become a horrible book over the last 8 months"