SOURCE: Casino City

October 10, 2006 14:10 ET

Most Online Gaming Sites Continue to Accept U.S. Players

NEWTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 10, 2006 -- More than 110 sites have officially declared their intention to stop accepting U.S. players since the passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, according to a Casino City analysis. The list includes 888.com, 21.com, Casino Tropez, InterCasino and Europa Casino -- five of the most popular casinos on the Web.

Bodog Casino and Golden Palace Casino, numbers two and four in Casino Citiy's Top 10, continue to accept U.S. bets.

Many top sites say they are waiting to see the legislation's impact before deciding on whether to stay in the U.S. market. Casino City expects 85-to-90 percent of the sites in their directory to continue to accept U.S. players.

Casino City is contacting each of the 2,639 properties in its listings (http://online.casinocity.com) to determine their intentions and give American gamers the most up-to-date information on who is and isn't accepting their bets. Listings are updated continuously.

"The information gathering process has been a challenge," said Emily Hunt, content development manager for Casino City. "While software suppliers are releasing statements saying they are no longer accepting U.S. players, gaming site owners are saying that it's 'business as usual.'"

"Extra effort goes into finding out what the real deal is and why there is conflicting information," Hunt added. "We need to get through every site as quickly as possible without jeopardizing accuracy (of the information)."

Casino City employees are contacting each site. And nothing is posted until an official statement is released and confirmed by an actual employee.

Casino City's Special Project Manager, Steven Corfman, said each statement is reviewed and then posted to the site (http://online.casinocity.com).

Casino City Visitors can find out if their online casino or poker room is accepting U.S. players by visiting http://online.casinocity.com. Once there, users can scroll through the rankings pages or search for the casino by URL. U.S. player restrictions are clearly denoted by a crossed-out American Flag and comprehensive information is available for every online gaming site.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Ryan McLane
    Gaming Industry Reporter, Casino City
    617-332-2850 ext 141