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Microgaming Online Casinos Leaving US Market


USA Flag imageDespite the fact that Microgaming casinos continued to function in the US after the enactment of the 2006 Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, quite a few withdrew from the states where internet gambling was definitely outlawed.

However, after the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation announced indictments against executives of three major online poker sites on Friday 15th April 2011 (Black Friday), it caused a ripple effect and most of the sites that use Microgaming’s software engine games have announced that they will be pulling out of the US market for the time being.

The All Slots USA Casino program was one of the first to leave the US online casino market.  Their exit was followed by a few more casinos which include all Fortune Lounge Group sites such as Royal Vegas, Vegas Palms, 7 Sultans and Platinum Play.  The Gaming Club and the Jackpot Factory group which includes All Jackpots and All Slots have also decided to stop referring US traffic to their sites to a Real Time Gaming Casino partner.

The UIGEA has resulted in the funding of Online Gambling to be illegal although Online Gambling itself has not been made illegal by the US government.

Despite the huge gap that has now been left in the market, operators on Real Time Gaming and Bodog are still operating in the US giving online players a few options to continue their gaming.