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More Domain Names And Gambling Operations Seized On Gray Monday.
The Department of Justice in Baltimore Maryland Has seized two internet gambling businesses and their international owners as part of a long, undercover sting, details of which were released Monday after 11 associated bank accounts were seized in five countries and 10 Web domain names were shut down. Homeland Security set up a phony payment processing business in Atlantic City and spent two years infiltrating the world of illegal online betting. If convicted of running an illegal gambling business, the defendants face a maximum of five years in prison. Money laundering carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.
The domain names seized were
We have heard many people say they can still access the sites mentioned above, but we believe this is just because it takes a while for the DNS records to take effect. Sometimes we get the dreaded DOJ page and sometimes we don’t. We will see what happens in the coming days.
Several of the domains seized this time were a part of the Yatahay Network like True Poker, Doyles Room, Bookmaker, 2betdsi, Betmaker, Betgrandesports, and Beted. Why so many are from one network in not known, but the spectrum of sites this time is greatly expanded to not just online poker sites, but online casinos, online sports books, and bingo sites.
When Black Friday happened the biggest online poker sites were targeted and soon after left the US market. We have not heard of any of the above mentioned sites leaving the US market as of yet, but would not be surprised to see this happen in the next couple days.
Bookmaker said in an email that business is as usual. As you may already know, Bookmaker has temporarily lost the rights to the Bookmaker.com domain. We are confident that in time, it will be returned to us, until then, we have launched a new, temporary site: www.bmaker.ag.
Check back often as we will be updating the site as the information comes available.