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Who is pulling the plug on U.S. online gambling?

It's a misconception that the online casinos or the gambling companies that own them, are the ones leaving the USA. There are three major online casino software providers in the world - PlayTech, Microgaming and RTG. Those companies provide licenses to the online casinos to use their software. And when the software maker pulls the plug - all of its licensed casinos go with it.

That's what happened with PlayTech - they decided that it's not worth the hustle with the US government and pulled the plug on the US players - and all of the online casinos using PlayTech software lost the US market indefinitely. We are predicating that about 80% of the PlayTech casinos will disappear by the end of the year. It's a fact that the E.U. market is the only one left (that is, the only one left worth the money), but Europeans prefer to bet on sporting events than at the online casino.
Germany is out of the question, as online gambling is illegal there, France is considering following suit with US, and U.K. is flooded with online casinos and sports books already. Despite the fact that in the E.U. market, PlayTech casinos have the biggest share as of now, the other online casinos are understandably looking for ways to enter the market big time, so the competition soon will be fears. It would not be a surprise if PlayTech disappears completely - by means of being sold to another company, or just unable to pay the high maintenance costs with the revenues coming from the small online gambling markets.

Respectively, Microgaming stopped accepting players from 11 US states. This was a very bad thing for the casino companies licensed under this software provider, but at least the US market was not completely wiped out for them. Although by some accounts, those states count for nearly 1/3 of the total US market - better loose one third than the whole. And it seems that almost all of the banned states are those where offline gambling is legal.

The smallest of the bunch, RTG, still accepts players from the United States. And many online casino companies are switching to them in their strive to tap into the US gambling market for what might be the last time.

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