If you have not yet heard, Bodog Pokers’ accounts to the tune of 24million have been seized in the US, and prosecutors have begun numerous lawsuits to seize even more. Some of Bodog’s cheques have bounced and many players in the site are now worried about their funds – and justifyably, as there is a likelyhood that even more funds will be seized. The full story can be read in Forbes’ Web Magazine Here is the link to the article:
The dillemma for poker site owners who promote poker sites to poker players is this:Should they continue to carry banners and other promotion material, and pretend that there is no danger to the potential visitor to their site in investing funds with poker sites like Bodog Poker? Should a site owner at least refer their readers to the above article and at least give the information to the player, who can then decide the risk for themselves. To do nothing is burying your head in the sand and totally irresponsible. Beside Bodog Poker, there is UBPoker who is currently ongoing internal investigations and looking at their sites’ security breaches.
Personally, I believe poker site owners do have a responsibility to inform and to carry products and services that will benefit the visitor and not harm them financially – if there is a problem with a product or service, it is at the minimum their responsibility to let the visitor to the site know this, to give the information and news to the visitor and to let the “informed’ player decide to follow up or not follow up the links to a poker site for download. At the maximum, the poker site should remove all links and banners of sites like Bodog which present a danger to the investing poker player