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US Online Casinos And Issues for American Players

By: Ryan Alders, Tuesday January 6th 2009
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In early 2006 the United States was the center of online gambling. It was estimated that over two-thirds of the global revenue generated by online gambling came from the United States. But the passing of the UIGEA changed all that. The UIGEA was a part of a larger act that was aimed at preventing terrorism. Since it was claimed that terrorist organizations used online gambling to launder and transfer funds, the UIGEA restricted financial institutions from transferring funds to online casinos. This started the withdrawal of online casinos from the United States.

Playtech and Cryptologic immediately stopped licensing their software to operators who desired to continue accepting bets from U.S. players after the passing of the UIGEA. Though this meant that a significant number of online casinos would no longer accept American players, this move was not very critical for two reasons. The first reason is that this was expected for some time and American players had time to search out alternatives. The second reason was that Microgaming online casinos were continuing to accept American players. Microgaming was already the largest software licensor in the industry and Microgaming online casinos were proliferating at a fast rate. But in December 2008 Microgaming also closed doors to American players. This move came all of a sudden after the Kentucky domain name seizure case and caught everyone unawares. It left American players with few US online casinos.

It was then that American players began to ask the question "where to play when there's few places to play". Fortunately for American players CasinoAdvisor understands their predicament. Even before the withdrawal of Microgaming from the US market CasinoAdvisor had been compiling a list of the online casinos that accept American players. The list, which can be seen at http://www.casinoadvisor.com/usa-online-casinos.html, is not simply a list. CasinoAdvisor has meticulously researched these U.S. online casinos and ranked them in order of what they feel are the best US online casinos still taking US players. American players searching for U.S. online casinos can tell at a glance from this list the average payout percentages, the sign up bonuses and the software providers of each casino listed. Links to detailed casino reviews carried out by CasinoAdvisor are also provided. What is more the software can be downloaded directly from the page. In fact throughout its portal CasinoAdvisor indicates if an online casino is accepting new American players by placing a small US flag beside the casino's name.

The US online casinos are powered by Vegas Technology, Real Time Gaming and the new software provider Wizard Gaming. These software providers have geared themselves to catering to the American market and are fast filling up the vacuum created by the withdrawal of Microgaming.

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