Bodog pulling out of United States
Just days after its big announcement that it was expanding its European and global presence with Bodog UK, the Bodog Brand has announced that it’s leaving the United States online gaming market at the end of the year, on December 31, 2011.
Currently, Bodog licenses its U.S.-facing operations via Morris Mohawk Gaming in Kahnawke, Quebec. The company has announced that, when that license expires at the end of 2011, the Bodog Brand will be out of the U.S.
“Following recent news that Bodog UK has been granted a gambling license by the UK Gambling Commission, we are pleased to announce further developments to the Bodog brand going forward,” company reps have announced.
Indeed, the company is focusing now on the positive aspects of its global expansion, including its new UK operations, rather than dwelling on the U.S. issue — particularly now that the U.S. market has become unpredictable and unfriendly to online gambling.
“This decision presents a fresh direction for the Bodogbrand.com as it looks to create a new chapter in its history,” according to the company’s statement. “The move will enable the Bodog brand to continue its growth and expansion and maintain its position as the world’s largest gaming brand.”
Bodog UK’s CEO, Patrik Selin, “believes the trust and credibility that having a UK license brings to the brand will benefit customers and allow him to attract the best talent in the industry to work with him.”
The company’s statement also emphasizes the “negative perceptions” of operating out of the U.S. market, particularly now that a UK license has been granted.
After December 31, 2011, when Bodog’s Morris Mohawk Gaming Group’s (MMGG) brand licensing agreement expires, “US residents will no longer be able to access bodog.eu or any other Bodog branded website.
“We understand that MMGG will launch under its own brand in 2012, licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission,” according to CalvinAyre.com.
“All Bodog.eu clients’ funds will remain safe and they will have the option to switch to a new MMGG brand should they wish but MMGG confirms it’s business as usual.”
Bodog is a CAP Listed Program.