Bodog88 to Exit Asian Markets, PaiWangLuo Poker Market Likely to Take Traffic Hit

The widespread family of Bodog-related brands is in the process of decreasing by one, as the Bodog88 brand is in the process of pulling its services, primarily sports betting but also online poker, from all of its Asian markets. Countries and players affected by the withdrawal, according to published reports, include Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, and according to at least one report, India, though India is one of the fastest growing online markets and that nation’s players are welcome on the Bodog skin, rather than Bodog88.

By: Haley Hintze

Players attempting to log on to Bodog88 endured several days of “maintenance” downtime before being greeted with a pop-up that states, “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!”

The pop-up also includes a brief FAQ lightly explaining the move. “We’ve decided to exit Asia out of respect for local restrictions,” the first line of the FAQ reads, “and in order to keep our players safe." Though Asia does include India, Bodog Poker India, a separate skin, remains active at last report and may be the exception to the general move regarding Asian markets.

The region has seen a crackdown against several forms of online gambling in recent years. China famously banned all “Texas Hold’em” poker apps in order to cripple a thriving underground club-poker scene that utilized the app-based poker games as virtual engines for real-money gambling, with the exchange of funds occurring outside the apps themselves. Other countries in the region, such as Muslim-majority Indonesia, have conducted similar crackdowns against online gambling.

Players around the globe play on various Bodog-derived skins on the PaiWangLuo network. Besides Bodog88, other skins on the network include several iterations of the original Bodog, Bovada, and for players in the US and a couple of other countries, Ignition Casino. Though the Bodog88 countries represent only a small share of the PaiWangLuo Poker Network’s overall traffic, the Asian withdrawal still represents a small traffic hit that may be noticeable during off hours, such as in the early morning in the Americas.

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