Having already seized the domains AbsolutePoker.com, FullTiltPoker.com and PokerStars.com last year on Black Friday, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) seized Bodog.com this week, further adding to the tension between the US government and the online poker industry.
As well as shutting down the website, it has been reported by those at pokernet that four Canadians have also been indicted, including the founder, Calvin Ayre, for illegal gambling that generated over $100 million in winnings.
Yesterday in a statement on his website Ayre said: “Bodog UK, Bodog Europe and Bodog Asia have never taken bets from the US. The Bodog brand is currently consulting with its legal advisers with a view to having the domain returned.
The statement also said that the Bodog domain has not been in use since December 15 when operations were switched from Bodog.com to Bodog.eu.
Ayre is unequivocal in his defense: “it is clear that the online gaming industry is legal under international law and in the case of these documents it is also clear that the rule of law was not allowed to slow down a rush to try to win the war of public opinion.
There is clear resentment among the online poker business in the US towards the government. Bodog is unlikely to be the last domain name to be seized. The battle will rage on for as long as there are clear disputes about where a website/domain is actually located.