Microgaming, one of the most respected online gambling companies in the history of the industry, has just announced that they will be terminating their contract with the online gambling establishment Gutshot Poker. Gutshot Poker was a gambling club turned into an online gambling website, both of which specialized in various forms of poker. Up until the current moment in time Gutshot Poker had been in a partnership with Microgaming and because of that had been a member of the Microgaming/Prima Poker Network. Now that Microgaming has officially removed Gutshot Poker from its network however, the website has moved from Microgaming to the Cake Poker Network, where it is expected it will remain at least for the near future.
The series of events that led up to this particular bit of news is quite lengthy and the best place to begin would be January 16, 2007. The owner of the offline Gutshot Poker Club, a man named Derek Kelly, was arrested by the authorities of the United Kingdom for alleged transgressions against the Gaming Act. According to Derek Kelly, the transgressions were perfectly applicable to the setting because he contended that since poker was a game of skill and not a game of luck, it was not covered under the provisions of the Gaming Act. In the first go around of the court room, the jury soundly rejected Kelly’s assertion and for that reason he was convicted of violations of the Gaming Act. Kelly did eventually appeal the decision but the appeal failed as well and for this reason the conviction stands.
Little is known about the relationship between Microgaming and Gutshot Poker and for that reason it is impossible to know whether this decision against Kelly was a contributing factor in Microgaming’s decision to suspend the Gutshot Poker account. If so, it would have taken a long time for the wheels at Microgaming to turn since the account was officially suspended on September 26th while the contract was officially terminated just four days later on September 30th. That would represent more than one and a half years since the arrest, although some have speculated that if Microgaming was waiting for the final decision on the appeal to come through, the timeline makes a lot more sense.
In any case, Microgaming appears to be playing their cards close to their chest on this one, saying nothing more than Gutshot Poker had multiple breaches in the operating rules that Microgaming has instituted on all of their network sites. The suspension took place ostensibly because of these multiple breaches. The press release that Microgaming released was not very descriptive however, leading many people to speculate that there is more going on than meets the eye at present.
Whether or not that is true is unknown however. The only thing that is known at this time is that the relationship between Microgaming and Gutshot Poker is over and that at least for the present Gutshot Poker is a member of the Cake Poker Network. Everything else at this stage is nothing but speculation.