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DOJ Seized Poker Sites

DOJ Seized 5 Major Poker Sites

On Friday April 15th, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) seized five major poker domains: PokerStars.com, AbsolutePoker.com, FullTiltPoker.com, UltimateBet.com, and UB.com. The charges include money laundering, bank fraud, wire fraud, and unlawful gambling. Following the seizure of the domains, the DOJ released restraining orders towards 75 bank accounts in 14 different countries.

A demand of over 3 billion US dollars in civil money laundering charges were made including a notice for the arrest of the owners of these online gambling sites.

Among those that were indicted was the founder of PokerStars.com, Isai Scheinberg, Paul Tate of PokerStars.com also, Scott Tom and Brent Beckley of AbsolutePoker.com, and Ray Bitar and Nelson Burtnich of FullTiltPoker.com.

Poker players worldwide along with affiliates were shaken by the indictment and called it the Black Friday and many are worried about when or whether or not they will lose their funds that are currently at these poker rooms.

The action made by the DOJ were heavily criticized by plenty with feelings that the indictment was unclear and fishy and to scare players from gambling online.

The Department of Justice claimed that the poker websites are corrupted and despite the alleged crimes, there have been no solid allegations that these poker websites were cheating their clients or that their websites were not safe to play.

Players at these poker websites have been satisfied with the poker rooms however and did not feel once that they have been cheated. Many in the gambling industry feels that the only possible crimes that these poker websites are perhaps guilty of would be the fact that they are foreign companies.

It seems that foreign companies do not pay taxes to the United States of America and that leaves both the US government and the US land based casinos out of the profits.

Even though PokerStars.com and FullTiltPoker.com do not agree to what the DOJ has done and in order to regain back their domain names, all players from the US have now been suspended from playing real money at these poker rooms.

A refund will be made to all players from the US but they can no longer make any deposits to their account nor play with the balance that they have left.

Under the new agreement with DOJ, these websites can continue to allow players from all other parts of the world but players from the US in the meantime can play the free games only.

Funny enough, the land based casinos in the United States have been reported to have an increase amount of visitors for as high as 50% since Black Friday.
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