Bodog Withdraws from More Countries
Bodog Poker have contacted clients throughout Europe, advising them that the company plans to terminate their service, and that they should empty their accounts. The players have been told that Bodog will no longer be processing transactions in their countries as of the 30th August, and they were told “We recommend that you withdraw any balance you have in your account [...] After 30th August, we will adjust your balance to 0 to protect your funds. To withdraw your balance after 30th August, you will need to contact customer service”.
The countries effected include Armena, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Hungary, Israel, Romania, Russsia and the Ukraine.
There was no reason given for the sudden ending of service, although speculation started immediately. It’s thought that a combination of problems with payment processors, complicated EU gaming regulations, and the comparative ease (and profitability) of the Asian market, has led to Bodog deciding to focus exclusively on their Asian operations.
Bodog is already missing from several other parts of Europe, so this withdrawal will probably lead to even quieter tables and tournaments. This might be problematic for cash game players, but could be a lucrative option for people who want to try entering smaller tournaments. Of course, it’s only feasible for people who are in the (now rather small) operating range of the company.