Wednesday February 29th, 2012
U.S. Homeland Security Seizes (PocketFives)
In breaking news on Monday night in the United States, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has seized the domain name. Trying to access now yields the all-too-familiar Department of Justice and U.S. Homeland Security emblems. As an update, on Tuesday, Federal investigators indicted Bodog founder Calvin Ayre.

Below the two images is the text, “The domain name has been seized by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations, Office of the Special Agent in Charge, Baltimore, Maryland in accordance with a warrant obtained with the assistance of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland… It is unlawful to conduct an illegal gambling business… and any property used in violation of that section is subject to seizure and forfeiture.”

The Morris Mohawk Gaming Group now operates in the United States, while and sites like field traffic from non-U.S. markets. The Bodog brand exited the U.S. market in mid-December.

Ayre commented on the seizure on Monday in an article on “Not sure what to say. is a brand-licensing organization based outside the U.S. The brand left the market last year and the domain in question has been dormant globally for longer than that. We are only currently doing brand licensing deals outside the U.S., so this domain had no place in any of our current plans.”

Why would Homeland Security seize, then? The same article speculates, “The seizure could be some sort of revenge action against the Bodog Brand as a punishment for its past licensing of the domain name to a company with U.S.-facing business.” caught wind of the seizure through a VeriSign notice.

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