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William Hill Separates Itself from U.S. Poker Play

Site Eliminates U.S. Customers


William Hill is the latest online gaming destination to stop accepting online casino and poker bets from U.S. customers. Following the model of several other online gaming sites, William Hill is trying to insulate itself from possible legal backlash like the charges facing former Sportingbet chairman Peter Dicks.

While Dicks awaits his extradition hearing in New York on Friday, William Hill decided rather to play it safe while the legal climate in the U.S. remains unclear. According to William Hill's chief executive David Harding, Britain's biggest bookmaker was making the right move.

"Our legal advice was and is that it is legal to accept online poker and casino bets from the U.S., but with all things that have been happening we decided it was a prudent thing to do," Hardin said in a recent article in The Guardian.

Don't, however, expect William Hill to fall on hard times after cutting off its U.S. customer base as the company asserts that the U.S. site accounted for only 1 percent of its online gaming revenue and less than 0.1 percent of the company's total profit.