Bodog Exits US and Bovada Enters

By Debra SaundersGoogle

Back in 2006, when Congress passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, many online casinos had to cease operations.  Those that didn’t got forcefully shut down by the US Department of Justice this past spring.  One of the companies forced to exit was Calvin Ayre’s Bodog brand casino.  However, upon leaving the US market, he licensed his brand name to the North American Morris Mohawk Gaming Group (MMGG). 

MMGG made use of Ayre’s brand in order to market and promote their websites in the region.  However, after more than four years of cooperation, MMGG CEO Alwyn Morris has announced that the group is not going to renew their Bodog license.  In stead, they are going to launch their own brand.  Bodog, on their part, has received renewed license in the UK, and will be concentrating their operation there.  Calvin Ayre has also said on behalf of Bodog that they will be discontinuing their licensing deal with the MMG Group at the end of the current license period.

Any US players who are currently signed up with the MMGG licensed Bodog online casino will no longer be able to access once MMGG launches their new brand Bovada.  The new website is still owned by MMGG and operated by MMGG, so as far as the players are concerned, there is no significant difference.  MMGG is hoping that the launch of the new brand will position them at the forefront of the American gaming industry.  Players are hoping that the new launch will provide for good bonuses.

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