So, I’m having another cup of coffee and processing the latest gambling news. I haven’t found it on Fox News yet, so perhaps this is a scoop. But it’ll be of interest to gamblers. We all remember the Black Friday Poker Shutdown of last year. That shut down forced PokerStars out of the US market and crashed Full Tilt, Absolute Poker and UB.com. About that same time, Maryland was involved in an investigation of Bodog.com because of the poker room’s relationship with two men who were charged with money laundering in 2008. The men charged had been processing payments for Bodog. Well, Bodog seems to have had a sniff of problems in the wind. They changed their URL from Bodog.com to Bodog.eu and pulled out of the US market. Morris Mohawk Gaming took over the US clients on the Bodog side under a new site Bovada.lv. So, essentially, the state of Maryland has seized a defunct site. But this could be causing some problems for players at Bovada who may be used to typing in Bodog and being redirected to the new site. Now they’ll just see a splash screen that the site has been seized. It is only Bodog.com that has been seized. Bovada.lv is still operating.
Keep in mind that the events surrounding Bodog and the other sites took place before the Department of Justice changed its view on the Wire Act of 1961 and determined that it only applied to sports betting. At this point, multiple states have set legislation in place for online poker in their state and the Tribal Gaming Network has even launched an intranet site for online poker that lets players at any of their casinos join in games with players at other tribal casinos. So, we are seeing a new era of online poker in the United States.