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Famous Poker Rooms Seized by US DOJ

An issue have been greatly arising in the world of online poker. Especially in the U.S. Now, the poker enthusiasts are in a very problematic situation ramming over the US.

Money laundering, bank fraud, and other related illegal online gambling offenses are being allegedly to 3 famous poker rooms – PokerStars, FullTilt Poker, and Absolute Poker. The New York authorities have already charged eleven defendants on the said poker rooms.

The US, banning the poker rooms to US players, have filed civil money laundering, with a complaint against the Poker companies, their assets, as well as their assets of several payment
processors. There have been 75 bank accounts with restraining orders and five Internet domain names used by the 3 poker companies.

The exact report has stated that “the defendants arranged for the money received from U.S. gamblers to be disguised as payments to hundreds of non-existent online merchants purporting to sell merchandise such as jewelry and golf balls. Of the billions of dollars in payment transactions that the Poker Companies tricked U.S. banks into processing, approximately one-third or more of the funds went directly to the Poker Companies as revenue through the “rake” charged to players on almost every poker hand played online”.

There have been several reactions into the gambling industry as this issue has reached the four corners of the online gambling world. As such, it has been a big disappointment by the 3 Poker Companies to what had happened. Being their poker rooms as among the famous poker rooms in the Internet, it is a great lost for them and to all the US players to accept the fact they their favorite poker rooms cannot be available now to them.

As the closing of poker sites to US players, different questions arises. Repercussions have been felt. Up until now, the fight of the poker rooms for their right to offer on US players, and dealing with the issue continues.

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One Response to Famous Poker Rooms Seized by US DOJ

  1. Victor says:

    I received this email from fulltilt today:

    “We’re contacting you following the recent actions by the U.S. government last Friday 15th April.
    As you may be aware, Full Tilt Poker is unable to accept “real money” play from U.S. players at the current time, and this includes any deposits or withdrawals. We are working to resolve these issues as soon as possible and will keep you updated as information becomes available to us.
    We are deeply sorry for this inconvenience, but these events are beyond our control. Please be assured that your funds are safe, and we thank you for your patience while we do everything in our power to have money returned to those who have requested it as soon as possible.
    Please note, that this action only impacts players based in the U.S. and Full Tilt Poker is still fully operational elsewhere. Players can currently access our site at which is available using the normal login details.
    As always, we appreciate your continued support, and we will provide additional information to you as it becomes available.
    The Full Tilt Poker Affiliate Team”

    and it made me feel much safer now that they are issuing an official statement, i hope they enable real money games soon.


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