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PocketFives quits US-facing ads; Bookmaker.eu domain; Sportsbet forgives punter

TAGs: Bet24, bookmaker, Kahnawake Gaming Commission, PocketFives.com, Sportsbet

bookmaker-sportsbet-pocketfivesThe popular PocketFives.com online poker forum has “decided to stop promoting any traditional (rake-based) US-facing poker rooms.” In a statement released Aug. 2, PocketFives’ Adam Small announced that the forum was “planning a lot of positive changes,” but that the content they intend to provide going forward “will not in any way be geared towards promoting play on poker sites that offer real money, rake-based play to people in the United States.” However, PocketFives wanted to make it plain that “this should not be taken as a denouncement of any US-facing room specifically, nor as a statement regarding the trustworthiness of the rooms that have decided to continue offering their services to US players.” Presumably, PocketFives plans to start exclusively pimping some of the subscription-based poker sites that don’t fall afoul of current US laws.

The Kahnawake Gaming Commision, which recently renewed Full Tilt Poker’s secondary gaming license after FTP’s primary license was suspended by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission, has not been as kind to Galaxiworld.com. A KGC release dated July 29 reads as follows: Following a Show Cause proceeding conducted by the Commission, the Client Provider Authorization held by Telton Limited, operating as GalaxiWorld (www.galaxiworld.com) was revoked, effective July 28, 2011. No further explanation was provided.

Bookmaker.eu is now the operable domain for the company that was originally found via Bookmaker.com, but switched to Bmaker.ag around the time the US Department of Justice decided to ‘borrow’ the .com address on Blue Monday.

Malta-licensed Bet24.com, which recently admitted to having had some of its player data compromised by hackers, has appointed Lars Kollind, co-founder and president of Poker Icons, as poker manager. Bet24 COO Thomas Petersen says Kollind will be responsible for marketing, PR and event activities.

Following a public furor, Sportsbet has backed off its plan to prosecute an Australian gambler who lost $80k in less than a week after the online gambling operator provided him the money to bet on credit. When the unnamed punter couldn’t pay Sportsbet back, the company took him to court and tried to have his house seized. The punter’s mother, who also lives in the house, contacted federal MP Alan Tudge, who went public with the man’s story. Finally acknowledging their no-win PR plight, Sportsbet has agreed to forgive the man’s debt, but Tudge is vowing to press on with his efforts to change the laws allowing Aussie betting outfits to offer credit to punters.

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