Bodog88 exits Asian markets

As regulations and local restrictions against online gambling tightens in many Asian countries, Bodog88 ceases its activities in the Asian markets. A few Bodog skins, however, are still operating. This will likely affect traffic as players from this countries seek other rooms and alternatives to play, as well as set precedents for how poker operators throughout the world can learn from this experience about how to deal with restrictive regulations.

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Bodog88 exits Asian markets

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Although online poker action has recently experienced a massive surge in popularity due to the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown, leading people to seek entertainment from the comfort of their homes, Bodog88 online poker room decided to exit the Asian market due to heavy regulatory policies or, in their own words in one of their final announcements, "out of respect for local restrictions, and in order to keep our players safe". They leave announcing their protocols for money withdrawals assuring that all players will have their money by the end of the month: "No worries, we will be with you until 31st October to ensure that your withdrawal process runs smoothly. Any unsettled bets will be canceled and a refund will be issued to your account. Thank you for being such a passionate and loyal community of players. We are extremely grateful for this opportunity to have provided you with entertainment, and hope that you’ve had a lot of fun!”. Considering the room's reputation, it is expected that all players do receive their money without any unnecessary delays.

As a result, the traffic of Asian players is shifting, as they look for other rooms to play at. PaiWangLuo Network and some other Bovada skins still work, depending on the country, so American players and others that enjoy playing against Asian players (mostly looking for weaker and casual players among those) might notice changes in traffic in these rooms, especially during early morning in the US. At the Two Plus Two online poker forum, reactions from players were mostly disappointment. We will be alert to bring you more information on this situation as it unfolds.

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