Taking many online gamblers by surprise this week was the news that the Cryptologic-powered Playboy Gaming
.com operation is to shut down the operation. Curiously, the company was not displaying any notification on its websites when InfoPowa went to press, although service representatives and a Cryptologic spokesman have confirmed the reports.
Playboy officially entered the online casino
sector with the release of a new gaming website at Playboy Gaming.com on April 3rd, 2007 along with Playboy Casino.com and Playboy Poker.com. The sites were licensed in Malta under a limited liability company titled Oceania P-Club Ltd. and Oceania Clubhouse Ltd, company registration numbers C42048 & C42050) trading as PlayboyGaming and operating under licenses issued by the Lotteries & Gaming Authority of Malta.
Customer service representatives advised that the close-down date is to be January 29th 2009, and informed enquirers: "In response to your email, I can confirm that Playboy Gaming will no longer have a poker site and will not be moving to another network."
Poker News Daily, which broke the news, subsequently confirmed the report with the Cryptologic poker network to which Playboy Poker belongs.
The blow comes on the heels of the recent decision by Peak Entertainment group to change software from Cryptologic to Playtech for its online operations (see previous InfoPowa report).
As at press time there had been no official statement from either Playboy or Cryptologic, and the reasons for the closure are not known, although Cryptologic's post-UIGEA exit from the US market will undoubtedly have adversely impacted Playboy's online gambling business.