New Domain for Bodog

June 13th, 2011  |  Published in Casino News

Licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission and operated by the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group, Bodog.com is one of the leading online casinos. It offers typical casino games, sports betting and online poker. The casino recently announced it will be transferring the main site to Bodog.eu. Once the entire changeover is complete, Bodog.com will no longer be active. The reason from this change is its part of an international expansion program which began December 2010.

Executive Statements

Executives at the casino feel this global domain name change will appeal to a wider marketplace an emerging markets that Bodog plans to enter in the future. Furthermore, although the deal was signed in 2010 for the European domain extension, the company is at a point where it is ready to make the transition. In addition to the European marketplace, Bodog.eu will target areas in Asia that are not being pursued by its other brand, Bodog88.com.

Ideal Timing

The timing of this change is ironic and fairly close to Black Friday and Blue Monday. On Black Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice seized three of the largest online poker domains. The following Monday, Blue Monday, 10 additional gambling domains were detained. As a result, many experts believe this quick change was to evade U.S. authorities.

.com Website Extensions

If a website is hosted out of the United States but contains a .com, .org or .net, the site is vulnerable to U.S. law enforcement. These website extensions are all handled by organizations located in the United States. VeriSign manages the .com and .net website extensions while Afilias operates .org. As long as the United States keeps online gambling illegal, more casinos will forfeit their .com names thus withdrawing money from the American economy.

Firefox Add-on

Recent reports have revealed that online gamblers are still able to access seized .com utilizing the Firefox browser by installing an add-on. As a result, the Department of Homeland Security has requested that Firefox utility inoperative. Until recently, the company refused to restrict this add-on. Firefox lawyers released a statement questioning the point at which intermediaries must comply with government requests that limit the freedom of speech and threaten open Internet usage.

Bodog has started a trend that is likely to progress over the next several years. The U.S. Government is satisfied because they are removing online gambling from their boundaries and online casinos are satisfied because they are evading the U.S. Government, seems like everybody wins except the online gambler.

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