Online Gambling Shaken Up by USDOJ

08/11/2011
By Tommie ClarkGoogle

 

This past spring, the U.S. Dept. of Justice forcefully closed three large American online gambling sites due to the alleged illegal processing of payments.  Since then there has been a string of exits by online casino providers from the U.S. market.

 

The current exit is that of Rival Gaming, an online gambling software provider, who stated that new American players will not be accepted to its licensee casinos.  AffiliateWide, an affiliate of Rival, issued a statement that as of August 7th, no new U.S. registrations will be accepted. 

 

Due to the large number of American customers at AffiliateWide, they have decided to switch software providers to Top Game; Top Game is still active in the U.S. market.  Other sites affected by the exit include Black Diamond Casino, Spartan Slots, and Box24 Casino. 

 

AffiliateWide is expected to complete transfer to Top Game by mid August.  From a player’s perspective there is not supposed to be a noticeable gap; Rival games will be fully accessible to existing players throughout the transfer.  After the transfer, payers will be using Top Game software and affiliates will be able to take part in the Top Game Affiliate system.  Players who would like to continue gambling on Rival Games will have to look for another affiliate. 

 

To prevent further complications, some casinos are switching their domain names from the U.S. controlled .com to the EU’s .eu.  Realtime Gaming made the switch last week, and Bodog switched the week before.  This enables the casinos to ensure relative legal stability.

 

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