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Making Sense of Bodog now Becoming Bovada.lv

Bodog Poker is now Bovada Poker

Bodog Poker is now Bovada Poker

The name change from Bodog to Bovada for US players formally takes place on December 16th, 2011 and did not come as a shock to US players as there had been a pre-announcement of this taking place back in July of this year. That doesn’t mean though that it didn’t cause some unrest amongst the American poker players as they have been struggling for the right to enjoy online poker for the last several years. So when any change takes place in the online poker world takes place that concerns them, naturally they are wary as to what is happening and why.

Whenever any business makes a change the real reasons are normally held as a closely guarded internal secret and one can only speculate when a change such as this takes place in the poker industry as to why.  In this case one may wonder why a gaming industry that has invested in establishing the Bodog name amongst the US players as being a poker venue that welcomed them, why they would consider a name change backed up with a new site.

There can be many business conditions that may have instigated this but when you look at what has been taking place over the last year in respect to Bodog undertakings; it sheds a bit of light on the decision. To begin with there has been ongoing unrest in the online gaming activities for the past few years in America. Nobody can predict the future outcome in respect to the US laws concerning this so those gaming entities opening their doors to
US players must do so with caution. Any negative effects that could be created by this could have a ripple effect throughout their entire operation. With Bodog acquiring a UK licence they must protect this from any negative over spill that could come from the US membership acceptance under the Bodog licence. The easiest way for them to get around this and protect themselves was by separating the two entities which the name change and site has done.

Although there is nothing to indicate on the horizon that the anti-gambling laws are about to change anytime soon for the US,  there has been some slight but positive occurrences taking place such as the new Nevada licencing for online interstate gambling. This perhaps is holding out a glimmer of hope to many poker enthusiasts throughout America anticipating perhaps the other states will follow the actions that Nevada is taking. It would be fair to say that Bodog officials have been viewing these occurrences as well and have picked a fitting name such as Bovada which harmonizes quite nicely with the name Nevada.

In any event the bottom line is that all the US poker players whether they are members of the old Bodog site or contemplating on joining the new Bovada, they have not been robbed of the right to play at another poker site once again, which was a familiar scene at the end of last year and the beginning of this one.

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