Bodog's US-facing branch, Bovada.lv, yesterday decided to block all real-money players from Maryland. The decision comes two weeks after an indictment against Bodog founder Calvin Ayre was unsealed in the state.
The hard times for American poker players
continued yesterday, as Bovada.lv
decided to pull the plug on all real-money gambling activity in Maryland.
As of yesterday, residents from Maryland are no longer able to create accounts on Bovada, and existing Maryland customers have been informed that they will need to cash out as their accounts will be closed.
The news about the Maryland block were broken by players on TwoPlusTwo
, and were quickly confirmed by several media outlets yesterday and today.
According to initial reports, players have been informed that the decisions to block Maryland residents comes after reappearing difficulties in finding acceptable payment solutions.
The block furthermore comes two weeks after an indictment against Bodog founder Calvin Ayre and three company officers was unsealed by prosecutors in Maryland.
The indictment also entailed the seizure of the Bodog.com
domain, and was allegedly the result of a lengthy investigation by U.S. authorities, spanning over more than half a decade.
There have since been sporadic reports that other states might be affected too, but according to statements made by payment processor MyPaylinQ to PokerFuse
, the block for now only applies to Maryland customers.
Bovada.lv was created in December 2011, following the exit of the Bodog Brand from the American market.
The brand is currently run as an independent branch of the Bodog Brand, operated by the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group with a license from the Kahnawake Gaming Commission.