Golden Casino to Cease Accepting New U.S. Online
by Elizabeth Nguyen, News Staff Writer
November 19, 2009
Perhaps the days
of heavily publicized forehead tattoos and holy cheese toast purchases are
coming to a close here in the good ole US of A, for it looks as if
Golden Casino will be officially ceasing all acceptance of
American players come December 1, 2009. Oh wait, that was Golden Palace
Casino, which it just so happens, has long been closed to U.S. players - shortly
following the passing of the UIGEA.
Okay, so maybe Golden Casino didn't have a "museum of
oddities" per say, but they certainly held a similar
lion's share of U.S. online gambling traffic similar to
what Golden Palace Casino once took in. And all that
will soon be changing.
Casino players have hitherto been enjoying a loop hole within the 2005 UIGEA,
only making it illegal to make direct payments to an
online gambling operator.
However, now it seems these "indirect" payments have
gotten too close
for comfort for Golden Casino, as legal pressure has apparently begun mounting
for the popular online casino to pull out of the United
States for good. Just last month, a bank account
apparently traced back to Golden Casino was seized with
$365,000. I suppose you could call it pressure or
blackmail? Take you pick. Either way, it's Golden
Casino's new owners who perceive a growing threat.Indeed, it looks as if
much of the shift to back out of the U.S. is due to a pending change in the ownership of Golden Casino,
as a casino rep explained in a brief statement, “Golden Casino is in the process
sold, and under the new ownership, Golden Casino will no longer be accepting new
players from the U.S. as of December 1, 2009."
of the sale have not been disclosed as of yet, although
it is a given that Hambledon N.V. (current owners of
Golden Casino) are working to have the deal go through.
It also looks as if Golden Casino will continue using
Vegas Technology Software, which licenses some of the
most popular U.S. facing online casinos in business
today. The large hole left by Golden Casino will also
profit many U.S. facing
RTG Casinos, who along with Vegas Technology, truly
offer the absolute best online casino betting options to
Current U.S. account holders at Golden Casino need
not worry about losing their account privileges at
Golden Casino, for the change in ownership will
only be affecting future players and not any players or affiliates who
previously held accounts with Golden Casino.