Tighter U.S. Control from Microgaming?
October 24, 2008 (InfoPowa News) — Affiliate marketers working for Microgaming licensees still serving a restricted number of U.S. states started receiving an intriguing email from their online casinos and poker rooms Thursday.
The emails advised that the software provider was tightening its U.S. controls on residents of a number of states that have specifically prohibited online gambling activity.
The communication reminds affiliates that the "banned" states from which Microgaming will not accept business are:
District of Columbia
Players who have managed to bet from the banned states will find themselves blocked from the Microgaming servers going forward, with the licensee concerned returning any monies owed.
The surprise ommission is Kentucky, given the seizure of 141 online gambling domains by Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate over the last few weeks and the legal furor this has created.
The communication from Eurolinx advised affiliates: "This is not a new rule, just sudden enforcement of an old one. Players can still play in the Sportsbook. Players can still register from the banned states, but will not be able to play in the Poker client or in the Casino. The IP blocking service Microgaming is using also has a proxy detector, so players will no longer be able to use a proxy to hide their IPs."