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U.S. Government Seizes

February 28th, 2012 Author:

Black Friday saw online poker websites,, and seized by the US Government, followed a month later by
other poker rooms, including and

The new Bodog domain name can be found here at

Now the domain name has been added to the list, after it was seized by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DoJ) on Monday. Consequently, anyone trying to visit will see a seizure notice, complete with the DoJ and DHS logos.

Nevertheless, the Departments actions will have no affect on Bodog’s operations, as the company switched domains to a while back in order to put itself out of the DoJ’s reach, while Bodog also changed its U.S. facing operation’s name to Bovada back in December.

Commenting on the latest US anti-online poker action, Bodog founder Calvin Ayre said:

“Not sure what to say. 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.”

This then begs the question why the US government choose to seize the domain name, with Bill Beatty of suggesting a possible motive as revenge for introducing Bovada to the American market.

Another reason suggested by Beatty is scare tactics by the US Government, which may be trying to intimidate other online gambling sites, such as, and Merge Gaming Network, which is believed to be owned by Bill Beatty concludes his article in, by stating:

“We have not received word on the other gambling companies still actively using .coms but we can assume won’t be the last domain taken in the US Government’s razing of the competition as it clears way for the large Nevada casino corporations to dominate under a proposed federal poker regulatory scheme.”

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