Casino websites close for business following US Carackdown
The online gambling industry suffered another blow this week as the Best Casino Partners program officially revealed it was shutting down Online Vegas, Crazy Slots, Go Casino and Grand Vegas.
The news comes in the aftermath of a troublesome couple of months for online gambling with the events of Black Friday on 15th April setting into motion a series of controversial actions across the internet.
This latest announcement is another destructive hit on the online gambling industry as it looks to prove to the US government that gambling online should be legalised in the US again having been outlawed since 2006 when the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act was introduced.
Recent investigations by the US Department of Justice and the US Attorney of Maryland are believed to be the catalyst for these latest site closures. An email sent out to Best Casino Partners affiliates stated “In light of recent events we regret to inform you that effective Friday May 27th, 2011 all tracking links for BestCasinoPartner.com partner casinos will become inactive & you will no longer be able to promote these brands”.
It has been seen as a damaging knock to the online gambling industry because all four sites were believed to be part of a bright future for online gambling that was going to help persuade the US government to legalise gambling on the internet once more.
Closure of these sites leaves the industry wondering just when the consequences of Black Friday will cease. The prompt and sudden decision to close the four sites has also brought speculation questioning the reasons for their closures. The Best Casino Partners program has said it will release updates in the coming days.