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Bodog.com seized by US

by Jeremy

Bodog is no doubt one of the biggest names in online gaming since they’ve been operating since the mid-90′s. Unfortunately, they’re such a big name that the US Department of Homeland Security has been building a case against Bodog. This recently resulted in the seizure of the domain name Bodog.com, which was reported by CalvinAyre.com.

The good news is that Bodog.com isn’t really that important to the company’s operation since American players use Bovada Poker now; those outside of the United States use the domain name Bodog.eu. So it doesn’t really make much sense that the Department of Homeland Security would waste their time confiscating this website name.

As for Bodog founder Calvin Ayre’s thoughts on the matter, he was quoted as saying, “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.” He added, “We are only currently doing brand licensing deals outside the US so this domain had no place in any of our current plans.”

A couple of years ago, taking the Bodog.com name might have had a very significant impact. However, most US-friendly gaming companies have been leery of using a .com or .net because of how easily the American government can gain access to these domain names. Many companies these days use a .eu extension for their main gaming sites because it’s much harder for the United States government to gain legal control over them.

Many people believe that the US is headed towards a licensed and regulated market so they can have control over who their residents play with. However, the federal government has been dragging their feet over the matter, so offshore companies continue to service US players.