The United States Department of Homeland Security has seized Bodog.com, causing concern for the remaining .com operators, according to CalvinAyre.
It comes at a strange time as BodogBrand, the domain that operated in the U.S, had been dormant. Calvin Ayre, founder of Bodog, explains:
“..BodogBrand.com is a brand-licensing organisation outside of the U.S. The brand left the market last year and the domain in question has been dormant globally for longer than that,”
“We are only currently doing brand licensing deals outside the U.S so this domain had no place in any of our current plans,”
It is assumed that the seizure of the domain is part of the ongoing closure of operators to prevent them providing online poker services to the U.S market.
Previously, PokerUpdate reported on the Everleaf Network being forced out of the U.S gaming market. Since then, funds have been seized by authorities from one of their payment processors.
The main poker network that is still catering to a U.S audience is Merge. It is currently operating under a .com website despite skins such as LockPoker and Carbon running under other-country domains (.eu and .ag). Cake Poker, while now under a European domain, will also have concerns as they still cater to American players.
It is believed that legislation for the legalisation of online poker could happen in 2013, but possibly sooner. This could be the U.S authorities clearing away all online gambling options, to allow Nevada corporations who have partnered with online operators to dominate the U.S market, when federal law is passed.