Golden palace adds to u.S. Confusion

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Mar 8, 2021

Is Golden Palace about to bar US players?

Confusion reigned in the ranks of both players and affiliate marketers as the week ended, with the Golden Palace Casino affiliate program Casino Blasters sending out confusing signals that suggested the pioneer online casino could be about to turn its back on US players.

In a communication to affiliates, Casino Blasters and other Golden Palace affiliate structures said that as a result of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act the CasinoBlasters.com partner sites (Golden Palace Casino and its skins) will no longer allow gaming by USA residents.

The notice revealed the existence of a new entity, Golden Casino on a .com domain registered on 19 October to which US players on the system are apparently being moved.

“All USA player accounts from the CasinoBlasters.com family of sites have been transferred to GoldenCasino.com,” the notice proclaimed, adding that CasinoBlasters and/or its partner sites are not affiliated with GoldenCasino.com.

“GoldenCasino.com has its own affiliate program, BestCasinoPartner.com,” the notice advised, adding that an apparently unilateral decision had been made to move all affiliate accounts for US players to Best Casino Partner’s system, using the same ID and password information. Affiliates are given until December 1st to effect the changeover.

CasinoBlasters will pay out all USA-generated affiliate commissions to November 15, when the new affiliate program will become responsible.

Casinos affected include:

Golden Palace
Aspinalls
Grandonline
Flamingo
24ktgold
Gpbingo
Online Vegas
Only Bingo
Go Casino
Grand Riviera
Merlin’s Magic
Star Online Casino
The Six Shooter
Top Card Casino
Triple Win

Early opinions from industry observers are that Golden Palace is preparing to bail out of the US facing business, but has formed a new entity to ensure that revenues are not lost, albeit indirectly.

Exacerbating an already confused and poorly communicated situation, some US affiliates who spoke to support centres were told that they could continue to gamble on Golden Palace indefinitely, whilst other Golden Palace group operations were already re-directing players to the new Golden Casino.com.

As we went to press this week it did not appear that Golden Palace has yet communicated the situation to the players.

Several sources informed that the Golden Casino.com operation is powered by a software different to the Playtech system used by Golden Palace. Playtech has announced that it will no longer accept US players at its licensee operations. Apparently Golden Casino is using Odds On software, which was reportedly absorbed by Vegas Technologies in the L&&G group earlier this year.

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.


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