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Justice Department Ruling Could Mean Big Changes For Online Casino Players
In a very surprising move, the US Department of Justice has clarified its stance on internet gambling. The legal opinion was issued on Friday before Christmas, but the original decision was made back in September. The ruling came in response to a request by Senators Harry Reid and Jon Kyl for the Department of Justice to clarify its position. Two other states, Illinois and New York, also requested clarification regarding the Wire Act of 1961, one of the major laws used by the Department of Justice in pursuit of online gaming and casino regulation.
The opinion reverses the Justice Departments previous stance that all forms of gambling online are illegal, but stops short of stating that the Justice Department is looking to set regulations for a national online gaming system. The Department of Justice says the new policy “differs from the department’s previous interpretation of the Wire Act, (but) it reflects the department’s position in Congressional testimony at the time the Wire Act was passed in 1961.” The new decision by the Department of Justice says that the Wire Act only focuses on sports betting and not casino or casino offerings.
Several states may take advantage of this decision to introduce new lottery games within their borders. The new position does bring the possibility of individual states or a group of states banding together to allow online casinos to make a comeback in the United States.
There is the chance that several states could band together to make an online casino jackpot offering more attractive. Much like multi-state lotteries like PowerBall and Mega Millions and some interstate horse racing, a multi-state online casino jackpots would offer the incentive needed to drive big revenues.
Proponents of legalized online gambling say the business could provide new sources of revenue for states. But others, including large casino interests prefer a country wide system. They say that the free-flowing nature of the Internet is ill-suited for state gambling plans, which would attempt to limit online gambling to within a given state's borders.
Bodog is leaving the US Market in 2012
Bodog announced it wont offer its online gaming Brand to the US market after December 31, 2011. This news comes after the UK Gambling Commission announced that Bodog is the first bookmaker to obtain a remote and non-remote gambling license. Bodog’s license agreement with Morris Mohawk Gaming would expire after 2011, and Bodog doesn't have plans of renewing. Bodog released this statement about their decision to let their licensing deal expire at the end of the year. “Following recent news that Bodog UK has been granted a gambling license by the UK Gambling Commission, we are very happy to announce further developments to the Bodog brand moving forward. As highlighted a week ago, Bodog UK CEO, Patrik Selin believes the trust and credibility that a UK license brings to the brand will benefit customers and allow him to attract the best talent in the industry to work with.
Bodogs online casino is among the few US casino sites still available to US customers since Black Friday struck the industry back in April. The Bodog Brand exploded over the last couple of years to become the premier online gaming brand. Bodog became synonymous with gambling online in the US. It can now be assumed that their numbers will decline significantly with the impending loss of the US market after the year.
So whats the status of US Casino players who play at bodog?
At first glance this definitely appears to be a shocking development as another major player gets ready to leave the US market, but a close look at this news indicates this may simply be a rebranding issue by the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group. Bodog stated their players will have their accounts and balances transferred to a new brand run by Morris Mohawk Gaming Group. It is supposed to be seamless and you won’t notice a difference with the new brand which has not been formed yet. This is a great relief to US Casinos players as they will not have to moving again to an alternative casino. Given the existing volatility for online gaming in the US, it remains to be seen whether or not the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group will actually follow through and create the new brand.
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