Shifts American Action To New Outlet, Bovada.lv -
15th December 2011
originally announcing that they would depart the American
market earlier this year, the online gaming outlet
Bodog has instead opened up a new operation that exclusively
services their customers in the United States.
players who now log into the Bodog.com or Bodog.eu
URLs are being transferred to the new site Bovada.lv,
which looks to be a twin of the other Bodog sites.
For those who go to Bodog.com, the transfer is immediate;
there is a statement on the Bodog.eu (the functioning
site for Bodog) that says, Access to this site
is not available from your current location
you previously held an account at this website, your
account and funds are still accessible at the Morris
Mohawk Gaming Groups new website, Bovada.lv.
Within seconds, the player finds themselves at the
new site, which proclaims, Welcome to Bovada.
Same Operator. New Name and Look.
many, the reasons for the changeover can be puzzling
but, through an analysis of the past years legal
and political activities, they become clear.
the indictments of Black Friday were revealed
back in April, many players on sites that still accepted
American action have been waiting for the proverbial
other shoe to drop in the form
of further indictments on the multitude of
sites still taking American play. With this in mind,
Bodog took the preemptive move to take their site
off of a dotcom and to the doteu
in May; this would prevent the American law enforcement
agencies (and presumably other nations agents)
from having the ability to seize their dotcom
domain name and the assets tied to it.
made the announcement in July that they would pull
out of the U. S. online gaming market, apparently
acquiescing to the U. S. Department of Justices
push to end American access to online poker and gaming.
With the current political push to legalize and regulate
online poker over the past six months, however, Bodog
seems to have changed their stance.
in July, Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada signed
a bill that gave the Nevada Gaming Commission the
power to set up regulations for internet poker. Over
the months that followed, the NGC has painstakingly
put together plans for a regulated industry and, as
of early this month, five companies have submitted
their applications for licenses in such a regulated
online poker industry.
the federal push to legalize and regulate online poker
has gathered steam. Two hearings in California representative
Mary Bono-Macks subcommittee in the House of
Representatives, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing
and Trade, have been seemingly in favor of a federal
solution to the online gaming question, with Texas
representative Joe Bartons online poker bill
garnering the most attention. Although there have
been hearings on the subject, the push has yet to
result in any actual voting record on the issue.
at the name of the new, American-only outlet, it is
easy to see the tie to these actions over the past
six months. Bovada is a play on the Bodog
name that incorporates Nevada, while the lv
tag, normally reserved for the nation of Latvia, can
also be viewed as standing for Las Vegas.
Morris Mohawk Gaming Group could also be looking at
other reasons for the change. Although taking their
American players out might be tough on their international
operations, they could also be looking to protect
themselves against any action that the American government
may take against them. The MMGG owns both the international
Bodog operation and the Bovada.lv site.
still offers many of the same gaming outlets that
the normal Bodog site does (sports and horse betting,
casino games and poker). It also looks that there
will be a $100,000 Guaranteed Tournament on the site
as well as the opportunity to Party With Bovada.
this point, the effect on Bodog has been minimal and
the new Bovada site has yet to register. According
to PokerScout.com, the peak number of cash game players
yesterday (when the new Bovada site was activated)
was 1980, slightly down from 2024 on Tuesday and 2142
on Monday. Bodog is currently ranked as the fourteenth
largest poker site in the industry, while Bovada.lv
has yet to register any statistics and enter the rankings.
this proves to be a method of operation that other
companies follow will be determined over time. In
the end, what will decide the success or failure of
this move is, of course, the players and their actions.
(Credit: Poker News Daily)
Entertainment is an online gambling, music and entertainment
company headquartered in Antigua and licensed in Kahnawake,
Antigua and Barbuda, San José, Costa Rica and
the United Kingdom. Bodog maintains an online sportsbook
and racebook, an online casino and an online poker
room. The company was founded in 1994 by Calvin Ayre.
also owns Bodog.net (the play money version of their
regular gaming site), as well as an international
music label called Bodog Music, and a television production
division which produces shows such as Calvin Ayre
Wild Card Poker that appeared on Fox Sports Net.
May of 2007 Bodog garnered media attention with an
entertainment bet that asked if Heather Mills [the
ex-wife of former Beatle Paul McCartney] would lose
her prosthetic leg during taping of "Dancing
with the Stars". "The Sopranos" season
finale in June of 2007 was another popular prop bet
for Bodog, as was the June 27, 2007 Paris Hilton-Larry
King interview, in which the gambling Web site accepted
wagers on what the hotel heiress would say and wear
during her first televised interview following her
release from a Los Angeles jail.
2006, Bodog launched a mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion
called BodogFight. It airs on the Outdoor Life Network
and The Fight Network (in Canada), as well as being
broadcast online. BodogFight also has a distribution
deal with ION Media Networks.
game Scarface: The World Is Yours features a Bodog
Stampede, a large, fast vehicle with an automatic
machine gun attached on the top. The in-game car was
designed by Bodog. The game also features various
billboard advertisements featuring Bodog logos.
2008, Bodog announced the signing of hip hop legend
DMX and will release two albums on the same day both
titled Walk with Me Now and You'll Fly with Me Later
later this year, making it his debut on the label.
Music is a record company owned by Bodog Entertainment.
The roster of the record label includes:
* Bif Naked
* Bishop Brigante
* Britt Black
* Fall from Grace (the winners of the Fuse TV reality
show Bodog Music Battle of the Bands)
* The Heck
* Nazanin Afshin-Jam
* The Vincent Black Shadow
* Fear Nuttin Band
* Wu-Tang Clan
ABC newsmagazine show Nightline highlighted the website
and its legal ambiguities in an episode that originally
aired on July 7, 2006.
August 2006, a lawsuit was filed and later withdrawn
by Bluemoon Entertainment. The lawsuit was withdrawn
because Bodog had very few assets based in the United
October 2006, the U.S. government passed the Unlawful
Internet Gambling and Enforcement Act which prohibits
banks from processing transactions for online gambling
operators. Though the act did not make online gambling
itself illegal per se, many online casinos and poker
rooms abandoned the U.S. market, though Bodog chose
to continue to serve U.S. players.
August 1, 2007 a judge for the Superior Court of King
County, Washington issued a default judgment in the
amount of $ 48,937,456.00 in the case of 1st Technology
LLC v. Bodog Entertainment Group S.A. for 1st Technology's
patent infringement claim. Bodog's founder claims
that the company was not served and that the company
has an insufficient presence in the United States
to infringe any US patents.
to the judgment, Bodog "temporarily" lost
control of the Bodog.com URL. That day they moved
operations to a new URL, newbodog.com. On September
19, 2007, Bodog transferred their domain from NewBodog.com
poker players David Williams, Josh Arieh, Justin Bonomo,
and Evelyn Ng are members of Team Bodog and play regularly
in the Bodog poker room. At the time of his victory,
2006 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Jamie
Gold was also a member of Team Bodog, but that business
relationship ended on January 25, 2007. Team Bodog
poker player Matt McCullough finished third at the
2007 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event taking
home £381,910 ($766,674 US). (Credit:
Ayre official website
Mohawk Gaming Group
Ayre (Bodog Entertainment Group)
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