Microgaming A Victim in Kentucky FiascoBy: Adam Baker, Friday November 7th 2008
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It seems that Microgaming online casinos are being specially targeted in the Kentucky domain seizure case. Joe Brennan, Jr., Founder of iMEGA, said that Microgaming was often brought up in the hearings, though no one knew why it was so. Perhaps the reason is that Microgaming online casinos still accept players from most parts of the United States. Or perhaps the reason is that it is the leading software provider to the online gaming industry. For a while there were rumors that the Microgaming domain name had been seized but those rumors are unfounded.
That Microgaming seems to be a special target in this case is ironic because Microgaming as such does not offer gambling services directly to players. It does not accept bets from anyone let alone Kentucky residents. Microgaming only licenses their software to online casino operators who actually offer the gambling services under their own domain names and branding. Therefore Microgaming cannot be held for violation of any law.
In response to this pressure Microgaming had asked all its licensees to block out players from Kentucky. They have advised that all Kentucky residents be prevented from accessing their existing accounts or from opening new ones. Though a final decision is awaited in the court hearing the interim order clearly states that accepting real money online wagers from Kentucky residents is illegal.
However some Microgaming online casinos are taking extra precautions. The extremely popular Jackpot Factory group of casinos is among them. The group's casinos include All Jackpots Casino, Wild Jack Casino, First Web Casino, All Slots Casino and All Bingo Club. In addition to blocking players from Kentucky they have blocked out all players whose IP addresses belong to states neighboring on Kentucky as well with effect from November 6, 2008. These States are Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee and Arkansas. Players from these adjacent states can reinstate their accounts by providing fresh proof of address. If any players have concerns they have been asked to get in touch with Jackpot Factory's customer support. Vegas Affiliates is another group of Microgaming casinos whose members are Colosseum Casino, Grand Hotel Casino, Vegas Slot Casino, Vegas Country Casino, Vegas Joker Casino and Vegas 7 Casino. These online casinos have gone one step further than the Jackpot Factory Group Casinos. From November 10, 2008 they will stop taking bets from all players in the United States and will withdraw completely from the American market.
In fact there are reports that all Microgaming casinos will follow suit. The reason being given is that blocking only one state is proving difficult. By early next week the decision will be taken and the world will come to know. If indeed Microgaming does pull out from the United States it is difficult to say who will be the greater loser Microgaming or the United States.
To keep up to date on this post visit our forum and message board here on Casino Advisor where we're maintaining a thread regarding this topic. For an update of what's going on with Microgaming casinos be sure to click here.
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