Online poker players are noticing today that the Bodog.com website is down and they’ve been hitting the forums postulating, hypothesizing, conjecturing and other fancy words that mean guessing what has happened. Many have also noticed that a new site with the URL newbodog.com has popped up in the meantime that is, in all but domain name, the exact same as Bodog.com.
Well just recently, the official word from Bodog founder Calvin Ayre has been posted at newbodog.com with Ayre explaining that Bodog is in a legal dispute over its domain name and that in the meantime it has launched newbodog.com as its new temporary home.
The full statement below and here:
Welcome to the new (temporary) Bodog. As you may know by now, Bodog.com is experiencing a technical issue impacting our players’ ability to access our website.
This is the result of a legal dispute over the ownership of the Bodog.com domain name. We are fighting this dispute. We are confident that we will win, but until all is settled, I do not want our battle to interrupt your play.
So, I present you with newbodog.com. You won’t notice very many changes: same website, same brand, same product, and same service. Just a new domain name.
We are working to resolve any remaining issues on the temporary site as soon as possible, and fully expect to have our original site back up shortly.
I sincerely apologize if you were affected by our interruption and assure you that I will update you soon.
We expect an official media statement from Bodog shortly and will post it once we have it.
UPDATE: After the jump, the official media statement just released by Calvin Ayre regarding Bodog.com…
“We are currently experiencing DNS issues with our website.
Until resolved, Bodog’s customers should visit www.newbodog.com for the complete Bodog experience.
Nearly all aspects of the website have been updated to reflect the environment clients are accustomed to at Bodog.com. We are working to resolve any remaining issues on the temporary site as soon as possible.
These problems are the direct result of a dispute over the ownership of the Bodog.com domain name. We are fighting this dispute and are confident that we will win.
I sincerely apologize to any customers affected by our interruption.
We will have further updates as information becomes available.”
Calvin Ayre, Founder, Bodog.com