Industry insiders are wondering whether an identification process that excluded players from the United States and other countries where online gambling is illegal had anything to do with the downfall of LuckyMe, an online gambling site based in the UK. The site, according to SignOnSanDiego, lost 9.3 million dollars last year.
The site was owned by Harrahs, whose spokesman David Strow said the decision to close it was indeed a financial decision.The arrangement that LuckyMe offered its players was unlimited numbers of games in return for the purchase of a monthly subscription. Subscribers – who paid anywhere from $17 to $84 a month – had monthly access to a variety of online casino games, and were eligible to win cash prizes that ranged in value from 8.5 to 1.7 million dollars.
Bodog Online Casino Continues Battling Domain Name Dispute
All-in-one online betting destination, Bodog Casino, has been out of service for a full week now, following a patent infringement ruling by a Nevada courtroom. Software technology company, 1st Technology successfully sued Bodog Entertainment Group, Bodog and Bodog for nearly $47 million, which was a judgement originally issued on June 13 earlier this year.
Now that the case is settled, Bodog’s online gambling sites were forced to be taken off the airwaves because of their use of software that infringed upon patents held by 1st Technology. A sudden shocker to say the least, Bodog was quick to rectify the situation by launching a mirror gambling site aptly titled, NewBodog. Offering an explanation on their homepage, Bodog founder, Calvin Ayre referred to the situation as a domain name registration dispute – one which he is confident Bodog will win.
Well, we will see about that Calvin. Ayre said that nothing has changed in terms of the online gambling services offered at Bodog, and encouraged all members to continue “playing hard”. Owner of California based 1st Technology, Scott Lewis, could not be reached for comment as reported by the Las Vegas Wire. Just how the domain infringement correlates to the patent infringement remains to be seen.