The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the USA is not content with seizing so many online poker rooms, including Doyles Room and True Poker. The latest online gambling site to be seized by the DHS is Bodog.com.
The news of the confiscation of Bodog.com by the US DHS was broken to the online poker media by Bill Beatty, who is associated with the website that founded Bodog, CalvinAyre.com, on Monday. Anybody who visited Bodog.com on Monday would have seen the large confiscation notice bearing the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the DHS seals. Although CalvinAyre.com is in no way officially related to Bodog.com, Beatty said that they came to know of it through a “leaked VeriSign notice sent to the international registrar managing the domain.”
Calvin Ayre has found the recent DHS action amusing. Beatty has reported him stating, “Not sure what to say. BodogBrand.com is a brand-licensing organisation based outside the US. 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 US so this domain had no place in any of our current plans.”
Writing on this move, Beatty said, “The seizure could be some sort of revenge action against the Bodog Brand as a punishment for its past licensing of the domain name to a company with US facing business.”
In July, Bodog has announced that its brand licensing agreement, signed with the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group, will remain valid till the end of this year, at which time Bodog would leave the US online gambling market. In the middle of December, Bodog launched a brand new online gambling site for US players and called it Bovada.lv. It did not take players long to understand that Bovada is none other than Bodog under a different name, meant exclusively for US players.
According to Beatty, the US government not only wants to take revenge for the above action, but also wants to terrify the global online gambling industry. Poker players are apprehensive that the US government will continue seizing domain names of gambling companies that continue to use .com to eliminate all competition for its Nevada online gambling business.
Since Bodog.com was not used as an online gambling site, the seizure of the domain name will have no effect at all on Bodog players who can continue playing at Bodog.eu and Bovada.lv.