Microgaming Halts New US Players, Doyles Room Left Out In The ColdMonday, November 17th, 2008 by t2admin
Doyles Room, a prevalent online poker room popularized by its lead endorser, Doyle “Tex_Dolly” Brunson – a true legend among professional poker players – has closed its virtual doors to new US players.
The act that instigated Doyles Room’s closure to the US market falls back to a Kentucky court ruling that included 141 online gambling domain names. Among those names were DoylesRoom.com and Microgaming.com.
Though Doyles Room itself is not believed to have responded to the ruling, its driving force, Microgaming, has.
Microgaming is a leading developer of online poker, casino and gaming software. Though the Microgaming company is not actually an “online gambling domain”, the companies Internet home was listed among the domain names in question.
As a result of the ruling, which called for a cease to acceptance of all US residents at the domain names on the docket, Microgaming responded by declaring all online gaming sites licensing its Microgaming software must halt acceptance of US players.
And so we return to the original statement, DoylesRoom.net is no longer open to US residents, which previously made up the majority of its clientele. Past users of Doyles Room who reside within the United States are not being turned away. Existing US players at the online poker room may continue to play for real money ‘until further notice’.
It would seem Microgaming is making its best effort to retain the rights to its domain name, Microgmaing.com. Since November 10, when online domains were required to be in compliance with the ‘No Kentuckians Accepted’ order, the entire Microgaming.com web site has been inaccessible to any US resident. An attempt to visit the site simply reveals a near-blank white page with the following message in the top left corner – “Site not available”.
Many are left to question whether Microgaming will lose its industry-leading status should numerous clients decide to integrate a new software platform that would allow them to accept US players. For this question, however, the jury is still out.