True Poker, Bookmaker and a host of other online poker, bingo, casino and sports websites had their domains seized today. An indictment was unsealed from a two year undercover operation. As of right now the affected domains still point to the affected websites. The whois registrations also have not been changed.
The affected websites include Truepoker.com, Bookmaker.com, Goldenarchcasino.com, Betmaker.com, 2betsdi.com, Doylesroom.com, Betehorse.com, Betgrandesports.com Beted.com and Funtimebingo.com. You can read more about these stories on Reuters and at the Baltimore Sun. Here is a link to the press release from the Department of Justice.
Quite a few people believed that since the big U.S. facing online poker rooms were out of the way that the smaller rooms would be able to survive without federal harassment. Others felt the smaller rooms did not have to commit bank fraud to process payments. Some also thought no more indictments would come out until the feds could prove their case against PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker. All of those theories turned out to be untrue.
I felt there was a danger that more U.S. facing sites would be busted. I am still concerned about other U.S. facing brands and whether they will continue to service U.S. players. With UseMyWallet looking like they are out of business and more indictments coming down I would have to think more operators will not want to take the risks associated with servicing U.S. players. I would expect more and more online poker rooms and casinos to pull out of the U.S. market.
It is extremely important to let your members of Congress know how this is not acceptable and the U.S. needs to catch up with the rest of the world when it comes to internet freedom. I will continue to follow this story closely.