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PRWeb not taking online gambling clients

17 April 2009

In an unexpected move this week, the press release distribution site PRWeb has stopped accepting press releases that deal with online gambling.

A salesman at PRWeb's parent company Vocus confirmed that management had sent out an e-mail that said the company would stop publishing online gambling press releases.

PRWeb had been one of the largest press release distributors for the online gambling industry, with clients including UltimateBet, Paddy Power and Full Tilt.

There are no plans for the company to accept online gambling press releases in the future, according to Vocus salesman Rod Harris. The company's sister site in the U.K. is also following the company's new policy.

"From what I'm hearing they're going with it," he said. "It's a wrap. We have PRWebUK and they're falling in line with the same rule."

PRWeb is based in Ferndale, Washington. Washington has some of the toughest anti-gambling laws in the country. Residents who play poker online or place wagers online on anything except online horse-race wagering are committing a Class C felony.

It is not known what lead up to the change or if the company was ordered by the state's government to stop distributing online gambling press releases.

Harris said that PRWeb's decision took him by surprise.

"As far as my level, one day we're issuing them. Then we get this e-mail. I myself know an online gambling client I was hoping to sign-up," he said.

PRWeb says that their service has been used by more than 40,000 organizations.

The company still has archived online gambling press releases on its Web site, with the last one posted on April 14 from CelebPoker. PRWeb says that all releases remain online until a user deletes them.

Vocus, the parent company of PRWeb, is based in Lanham, Maryland. It is publicly traded on NASDAQ and provides Web-based software for corporate communications and public relations. It acquired the privately-held PRWeb in August 2006.

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