Bodog Leaves Spanish Market

By Maria McCoyGoogle

Reports have circulated that Bodog Europe has informed online casino games players in Spain that they can no longer use their real money services and that they must withdraw all their funds by the end of the month as the company is pulling out of the country. 

The decision to pull out comes ahead of new online casino game and poker regulations that are expected to take effect within the next three months in Spain. Over fifty operators of top online casino games sites are up for licensure and the regulations would ban any unlicensed company from operating in the country.

Many operators have faced significant delays since applying for an online casino games license in Spain. In February, Microgaming pulled skins out of the Spanish market after the passage of the Spanish Gambling Act 2011 that requires all operators to be licensed and regulated in the country. They informed Spanish players they could no longer play on their network.

There is also speculation that the pull out may have to do with the recent indictment of Bodog founder, Calvin Ayre.

There are over fifty companies that are thought to have applied for licensure in Spain, including PokerStars, PartyPoker, iPoker, Ongame, GTECH G2, and Groupe Bernarde Tapie, among others.

It seems that Spanish players are not the only ones to no longer be welcomed on Bodog sites. Bovada, Bodog’s US-arm, banned players from Maryland last week and apparently the site is also not permitting new players from New York, Utah or Washington State.



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