Online Poker

Bodog Poker leaving 20 Countries very soon

by Jeremy

Bodog is one of the oldest and most successful names in the gaming community. However, they’ve been making a number of strange moves lately in hopes of evading anti-online poker laws and maximizing profits. The creation of Bovada Poker was one of these moves since Bodog wanted to exit the US market, and the Kahnawake Gaming Commission wanted to take over their operation under Bovada.

Now Bodog Poker has chosen to exit 20 different countries as announced by several emails sent by the company. The jest of the emails is that Bodog was trying to expand too rapidly, and they felt the need to scale back in order to operate where they were most profitable. Countries that will no longer be able to use Bodog come September 1st, 2012 include the following:

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Israel, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

Players from these countries are highly encouraged to withdraw their money before September 1st. Assuming one doesn’t remove their funds by this date, their player account will be reset to $0 to “protect funds” until removal.

Looking at things from a broader perspective, the move out of these countries represents a recent trend by Bodog that includes concentrating on Eastern Asia. The Bodog Poker site was sold to Bodog88, which is the company’s Asian-dedicated branch. Since that sale, Bodog88 has been making lots of changes in hopes of capitalizing on a budding Asian online poker market. Leaving all of these Eastern European and Western Asian countries is just a major step in this process.

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