Despite the UIGEA law of 2006, Microgaming continued to operate in the United States, unbothered. When the Kentucky domain name seizure occurred in 2008, Microgaming withdrew from the United States market for fear of prosecution. As a result, the majority of Microgaming online casino closed down in the United States. However, some casinos continued to operate from specific states, they simply did not allow American players.
As a result of the recent actions taken by the Department of Justice against specific online gambling operators, many of these remaining Microgaming casinos are beginning to consider removing their operations from the United States. In many gambling forums, there have been announcements that all Microgaming online casinos will be leaving the United States gambling market.
One affiliate announced that their brand will be shutting down and they must comply with Microgaming’s decision. He further stated that those players with balances remaining at the casinos would be paid. Unfortunately this could take several weeks since Microgaming does not have any processes in place for this situation.
The following Microgaming casinos will be removed from the United States gambling market in the near future:
- 7 Sultans
- Royal Vegas
- Platinum Play
- Vegas Palms
- All Slots
- All Jackpots
- Rich Reels
- River Belle
- Maple Casino
With the removal of these well-known and highly popular brands from the United States marketplace, a vacuum is sure to ensue. One option for these brands is to acquire a license through Realtime Gaming and Vegas Technology, two leading software developers who are quite familiar with the American online gambling landscape. This is the route Doyle’s Casino and Intertops took. This vacuum could be filled by less trustworthy, overnight operators.
The political landscape behind online gambling singapore football betting seems to be a rollercoaster at which the car is currently at the bottom. Congressman Barney Frank’s bill HR1174 was reintroduced but appears as if it will be blocked by the Republicans. Although state online gambling bills are not progressing, the Washington, D.C. implementation of online gambling is a step in the right direction.
With the eyes of the gambling world glued to the United States, the country looks disorganized. One minute the governing bodies are in favor of the implementation of online gambling, the next they are indicting individuals from other countries. The United States needs to make a decision and stick with it so the global economic community can move on with progress