|Online casino VIP.com and its VIP Profits merchants will no longer accept deposits from Canadian players, effective immediately.|
Canadian customers will maintain access to their account until April 1, 2007. Any current balance in the account may continue to be used until that date, at which point any remaining funds will be refunded to the player and their account will be closed.
Alistair Assheton of VIP.com said that his company would be remaining in business as usual, just not serving new clients from either Canada or the US.
“We’ve taken the steps to close down telephone betting, a largely unprofitable business for us representing 2.5 percent of our business,” he said. “We’ve also turned our business towards our existing player base, and are stopping new registrations from the USA and Canada – both in an effort to ensure we can continue to offer a high quality service to our existing players.”
“Many players have been with us for many years, and we intend to be able to continue serving them for many years to come. We’ve taken the choice to allocate more of our resources to them, and to stop taking US and Canadian new accounts while the legal uncertainty rages on. We intend to carry on with business and to give our customers everything they have come to expect from us.”