Online Casinos Running from Regulation

By Maria McCoyGoogle


It was not long ago that the U.S. Department of Justice clamped down on three major U.S.-based online casinos because of allegedly processing payments in an illegal manor.  It seems that was just the opening shot; a number of online casino providers are running for the hills.  There have been a series of exits from the U.S. market by online casino providers.


Rival Gaming is the most recent exit.  They recently expressed that they will no longer be able to provide their software to new U.S. gamers through their licensee casinos.  A Rival Gaming Affiliate, AffiliateWide, notified customers that as of August 7th no new U.S. players will be able to register accounts with the site.


Due to AffiliateWide’s reliance on American players for a large portion of their business, they have already found a replacement for Rival Gaming.  Top Game, a software provider still active in the U.S., will be replacing the exiting provider.  Other Rival Gaming affiliates affected are Spartan Slots, Black Diamond Casino, and Box24 Casino.


The transfer from Rival Gaming to Top Game is expected to be completed by August 15th.  Before the completion of the transfer, existing players will still be able to play Rival Gaming games.  After the transfer, all the gaming and affiliate gaming will take place via Top Game.  For those gamers who want to stay with Rival Gaming, they will have to find another casino. 


In order to prevent legal complications before they happen, many online casinos are swapping their domain names from .com, which is under U.S. jurisdiction, to .eu, which is under that of the European Union.  This will protect them from the regulatory arm of the U.S. Dept. of Justice.  Realtime Gaming switched last week, and online gaming site Bodog swapped the week before that.  Their hope is that this will provide them with some sort of legal security and stability. 


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