Microgaming US Casinos
But, in 2008 after Kentucky domain name seizure, Micogaming was officially withdrawn from the US market. Some Microgaming online casinos closed down completely in America, while some Microgaming casinos only withdrew from the respective states, where online gambling was considered an illegal activity. In other states the casinos new America players were not accepted, but the existing players continued to place their bets.
The US Department of Justice has taken action recently against several poker online gambling sites. This action has made the remaining Microgaming online casinos in the US rethink their strategy. Players and affiliates have sent out messages that Microgaming online casinos are thinking of an exit. One senior affiliate informed his players that all US, Microgaming online casinos are shutting down as of midnight. The players were concerned about withdrawing their money, and how this shutdown will affect their payouts. So far no one has a proper answer. Microgaming has taken this decision, and the casino operators and players will have to comply with this decision. The affiliate mentioned, however, that if a player has a balance at the online casino, he will get paid. Microgaming online casinos have not places processors do deal with these clearing dues, which mean the entire process of payouts, could take weeks.
The list of online casinos under the Microgaming system which have announced its' exist has been complied by the players temselves. The online casinos including 7 Sultans, Royal Vegas, Platinum Play and Vegas Pal of the Fortune Lounge group have been included. Other online casinos such as All Slots and All Jackpots of the Jackpot group have also been included in the list. Other casinos that have made the list include Rich Reels, Villento, Maple Casino and River Belle.
The exit of these professional and well established brands from the US market is bound to create a vacuum. The option of Vegas Technology and Realtime Gaming, providers of license software will continue to be comfortable in the US market. This is similar to what happened in the instance of online casinos such as Doyle's Casino and InterTops. Alternatively, this vacuum in the online gambling industry can be filled by less respectable operators. The second option is bound to harm the industry players.
The American legislation of online gambling which is hot and cold has become cold at the moment. Barney Frank, Congressman reintroduced the HR1174 bill, which is said will be blocked by the Republican congress. The state online gambling bill has gone into hibernation. However, there is a silver lining in the Washington DC initiative.
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