Bodog Will Leave the US Market at the End of the Year

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Yesterday, Tuesday, July 26th Bodog have announced they will not renew their license agreement with Morris Mohawk Gaming which is to expire at the end of the year. This means that Bodog brand is set to leave the US market. MMGG has been operating the Bodog brand in the US for the past 5 years and is determined to continue their business only under a different branding.

The Bodog brand, however, will focus on the European and Asian markets where it plans to expand and grow as an international gaming brand. This comes just after Bodog was granted a gambling license by the UK gambling commission. Another way the brand is hoping to move is the Asian gaming market where Bodog88 is doing quite good and is hoping to improve even more.

Although Bodog is moving out of USA, MMGG is set to continue the business witch means the American players should not worry too much about the changes. All Bodog users will be able to move their accounts to the new MMGG-operated site keeping all of their funds and data.

Here's a full statement issued by Bodog on Tuesday:

“Following recent news that Bodog UK has been granted a gambling license by the UK Gambling Commission, we are pleased to announce further developments to the Bodog brand going forward.

As highlighted last week, Bodog UK’s CEO, Patrik Selin believes the trust and credibility that having a UK license brings to the brand will benefit customers and allow him to attract the best talent in the industry to work with him.

However, in order to ensure the brand’s expansion is not affected by negative perceptions, both in the UK and elsewhere in emerging markets such as Asia, where Bodog88 is already successful, a decision has been made to withdraw the Bodog brand from the US market at the end of 2011. As a result, the Morris Mohawk Gaming Group’s (MMGG) brand licensing agreement will be allowed to expire on December 31, following which US residents will no longer be able to access or any other Bodog branded website. We understand that MMGG will launch under its own brand in 2012, licensed by the Kahnawake Gaming Commission. All clients’ funds will remain safe and they will have the option to switch to a new MMGG brand should they wish but MMGG confirms it’s business as usual.

This decision presents a fresh direction for the as it looks to create a new chapter in its history. The move will enable the Bodog brand to continue its growth and expansion and maintain its position as the world’s largest gaming brand.”