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20 August 2010 - 10:59am

What's up with Bodog?

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I read today that Bodog isn't processing any payments at all, and that they are in some kind of a mess with the U.S. government. Anyone knows any specifics of these events? Some media announced this even as "the end of Bodog as we know it."

What could have happened to cause such a big company to go down?

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20 August 2010 - 12:47pm
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just did a google news search for bodog.....i don't see anything about them having any issues.

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20 August 2010 - 7:18pm
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Hiya cat,

I know there was a 24 million US Gov seizure in 2008 against Bogdog's bank accounts. I have not heard anything recently. Where did you read this cat?

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20 August 2010 - 8:01pm
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I was just browsing the latest industry news this morning, and ran into it somewhere. But now I can't find the site to give you the link if my life depended on it! Probably some misleading article, or I haven't seen the date well. Sad

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21 August 2010 - 12:14am
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Nothing new that I am aware of. The U.S. Government has been after the founder of Bodog, Calvyn Ayre, for years. He supposedly sold the business to the Kahnawake Indians a while back and now only offers marketing services via a business called Bodog Brand. I am sure the U.S. authorities are still very keen for him to "help them with their enquiries" though.

If you go to the Bodog website you get a different site if you are in Europe than if you are in America. One is run out of Antigua by "Bodog Europe" and the other Kahnawake by "Bodog Gaming". Its all very legally confusing.

Last I heard they paid almost $6m for the slots.com domain a few months back so it doesn't sound like money is a problem.

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22 August 2010 - 9:41pm
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Hah, those 6 mil definitely sound like they're doing pretty well! And as always, Ed is the best informed and ready to share the knowledge. Wink Thanks for the response, it did clarify a lot of what I've read. Btw Ed, since we're mentioning "legally confusing," would you recommend us to play at Bodog, considering those split branches, etc?

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22 August 2010 - 11:03pm
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Funny you asked because we have been checking them out recently for our Bodog Casino review. They aren't a bad operation and have a lot of money backing them which is a plus. But they also have had an almighty target on their back from the U.S. government in the past which is my main concern - would they come back and try to seize funds again? That is the million dollar question.

... Looking at my review notes ...

Unlike just about every other RTG casino they have their own set of RTG games. They actually bought the code to the games a few years back from RTG and went off and did their own thing, so they don't keep up with the newest RTG games when they are released.

They also have their own progressive jackpot pools which are separate from every other RTG casino. So you might find your favourite game has a bigger jackpot at Bodog than the others (or lower of course).

They don't offer massive bonuses. The standard one is just 10% with high wagering requirements, so they are clearly after players who don't like playing with bonuses.

European players can do better because there are several huge, licensed and regulated, and very well run casinos to choose from. As for Americans - Bodog is a decent option as long as you aren't a bonus hunter.

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23 August 2010 - 9:25am
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Thanks Ed, this was really helpful! And does anyone have any experiences with Bodog's processing - deposits, cashouts? It would be good to know a bit about that, considering their past issues in this domain.

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23 August 2010 - 5:34pm
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One of the nice features about Bodog that i have not seen anywhere else, is the blend of more than one software.

Players get the best of both worlds blending RTG games as well as Proprietary games. I really think that is a cool feature. And players can tryout all the slots on the homepage before even downloading.

They have some unique slots and i really liked them!

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23 August 2010 - 5:56pm
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@CatFace, the video that you saw was released in August of 2008...very misleading, isn't it? I am very upset with the affiliate that re-posted the video as it appears to be current upon first glance. Regardless, I can assure you that Bodog.com (and none of the Bodog brand licensees for that matter) are experiencing any payment issues and it has been this way for several years now.

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23 August 2010 - 8:12pm
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Thanks Becky, it's great to actually see a casino rep appearing on the forum and setting things straight. The article was indeed misleading, and I hope the affiliate will find a way to correct the mistake they made at your expense. Cheers!

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23 August 2010 - 9:11pm
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Pleasure! Smile

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23 August 2010 - 10:57pm
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Thanks for the update Becky. Sadly it is all too common for old news to get reposted a few years later on the internet where we all tend to have the collective memory of a goldfish. A few weeks back we almost published an article claiming a massive million dollar jackpot win (a lot of other sites did), but we checked it and it turned out to be a repost from 2006 or something.

Becky, I have added you to our casino reps group so you have the ability to post in our casino promotions forum if you would like.

For everyone else we should have our full Bodog review up later today.

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24 August 2010 - 12:25am
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Yep

CL-Ed wrote:

Thanks for the update Becky. Sadly it is all too common for old news to get reposted a few years later on the internet where we all tend to have the collective memory of a goldfish. A few weeks back we almost published an article claiming a massive million dollar jackpot win (a lot of other sites did), but we checked it and it turned out to be a repost from 2006 or something.

Becky, I have added you to our casino reps group so you have the ability to post in our casino promotions forum if you would like.

For everyone else we should have our full Bodog review up later today.

I could not agree more...that video was re-posted twice, actually- once in July 2010 and once in August 2010!!

Thank you for providing me access, but I just want to clarify my role on forums and across the internet: I serve as the Global Brand Ambassador for BodogBrand.com and in this capacity I do not get involved with promotions for any of the bodog brand licensees. I do, however, act as a "fact checker" for Bodog brand and serve as a liaison between players, affiliates, and industry professionals and the appropriate senior contacts at any of the bodog brand licensees.

Anyway, looking forward to seeing that review, and thanks again for your support!

Becky

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27 August 2010 - 6:53am
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Apologies all, our review was held up a couple of days but here it is:

Bodog Casino Review

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27 August 2010 - 1:44pm
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Thanks Ed for providing us with some more useful reading material. It's just a pity they don't provide exclusive and higher sign-up bonuses, but I guess their tactics with giving higher bonuses to those who play longer, may prove to be better in long term - after all, a good casino is known for its care for loyal players.

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7 September 2010 - 7:15am
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Yes, sign-up bonus notwithstanding, it has one of the best payment processing records of any U.S.-accepting casinos around at the moment. So its a very good option for U.S. players.

I can take or leave bonuses these days - a lot of the time I would rather play for a short time without a bonus so I can play whatever games and withdraw whenever I want. So for someone like me it isn't a big problem.

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