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BREAKING NEWS – PokerStars to Buy Full Tilt Poker (April, 2012)
Further Layoffs at Pocket Kings (October 30, 2011) –
Blanca Gaming Considers Liquidating Assets to Pay American Players Back
(October 29, 2011) –
Full Tilt Reapplying for AGCC License?
(October 19, 2011) –
Prosecution Lands Tzvetkoff as Star Witness
(October 18, 2011) –
Lawmakers and PPA Distance Themselves from Full Tilt Poker
(October 18, 2011) –
Merge Poker Network to Allow New US Poker Accounts
(October 12, 2011) –
Kentucky Files Claim on Seized Poker Domains
(October 12, 2011) –
PokerStars, Full Tilt Named in Another Lawsuit
(October 11, 2011) –
PPA Meets with DOJ, Discusses Returning Full Tilt Funds to Players
(October 7, 2011) –
White Friday? French Group Agrees to Purchase Full Tilt Poker
(September 30, 2011) –
Full Tilt Attorneys Refute Ponzi Accusations
(September 27, 2011)
PPA Discusses Full Tilt Quagmire
(September 25, 2011) –
DOJ Issues Warrants, Moves to Seize Assets of Bitar, Lederer and Ferguson
(September 24, 2011) –
Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson Named in Suit, Suspended by EPL
(September 22, 2011) –
Out of the Frying Pan and Into the Fire: Dwan Opens Up
(September 22, 2011) –
Full Tilt Poker Allegations Loom Large
(September 21, 2011) –
Hendon Mob Cuts Full Tilt Ties
(September 21, 2011) –
Full Tilt Issues Statement, Discusses Cuts
(September 20, 2011) –
DOJ Claims Full Tilt Was Ponzi Scheme: Lederer, Ferguson, Bitar Face Charges
(September 20, 2011) –
Full Tilt Hearings Closed to the Public
(September 14, 2011) –
Full Tilt Faces Canadian Lawsuit
(September 11, 2011) –
DOJ Plans Seizures Against the Merge Network
(September 8, 2011) –
US Justice Department Releases PokerStars Funds (September 7, 2011) –
Full Tilt Licensing Hearing Rescheduled (September 6, 2011) –
Full Tilt Lawyers Motion for Withdrawal (September 5, 2011) –
Full Tilt Releases Investment Statement (August 25, 2011) –
Resignations, Overhauls at Full Tilt Poker (August 24, 2011) –
Payne Named Chief Marketing Officer at PokerStars (August 23, 2011) –
Merge Poker Network Re-Opens for American Players (August 10, 2011) –
Full Tilt Pays $250k to AGCC for Gambling License Fees (August 6, 2011) –
Full Tilt Hearing to Go Private? (July 26, 2011) –
Full Tilt Legal Team Pulls Stunts at AGCC Hearing (July 26, 2011) –
PokerStars Lands 27% of Former Full Tilt Players (July 15, 2011) –
Phil Ivey and the Full Tilt Fallout (July 9, 2011) –
Full Tilt Loses French License (July 5, 2011) –
Alderney Gambling Control Commission Media Release About Full Tilt (July 4, 2011) –
Norman Chad Speaks Up About DOJ Indictments (July 4, 2011) –
Couch Slouch: No justice in Justice Department’s stance against online poker – The Washington Post (July 3, 2011) –
Phil Ivey Retracts Lawsuit & Poker Players Sue for $150 million (July 2, 2011) –
FullTilt Purchased by European Company? (July 1, 2011) –
PokerStars Remains Operational, Offers Up $100 Reload Bonus (June 30, 2011) –
Alderney Gambling Control Commission Suspends FullTilt Poker License (June 29, 2011) –
Jack Binion reportedly considering major Full Tilt investment (June 28, 2011) –
Ira Rubin, an Online Poker Payment Processor, Denied Bail (June 10, 2011) –
Maryland Police Receive Black Friday Funds (June 7, 2011) –
Full Tilt Poker Insists Bank of Ireland Account Unfrozen (June 7, 2011) –
FullTilt Poker’s Announcement Lacks Answers (June 5, 2011) –
Merge Poker Temporarily Blocks USA Sign Ups (June 3, 2011) –
DOJ Quashes Full Tilt Funds Release Rumor (June 2, 2011) –
Tiltware’s Answer to Phil Ivey’s Allegations (June 2, 2011) –
Official Phil Ivey vs. Tiltware Complaint (June 1, 2011) –
Phil Ivey boycots 2011 WSOP, sues Tiltware (June 1, 2011) –
First Full Tilt Account Unfrozen by DOJ (May 27, 2011) –
Online Poker Federal Legislation is Drawn Up (May 24, 2011) –
Merge Network Bans Sign-Ups from NY, MD, LA, MI and D.C. (May 24, 2011) –
DoylesRoom, Other Domains Seized by U.S. Attorney of Maryland (May 24, 2011) –
Franzen pleads guilty, Levitt calls out FBI’s legal case (May 24, 2011) –
Official Affidavit in Support of Seizure Warrents for True Poker, Doyles Room, etc. (May 23, 2011) –
DOJ Press Release for True Poker, Doyles Room, and Others Indictment (May 23, 2011) –
Blue Monday? Indictments Roll in Against True Poker, Doyles Room, and Others (May 23, 2011) –
Reasons No USA Cash Outs at Full Tilt/FTP Store to Reopen (May 18, 2011) –
Absolute Poker Strikes Deal to Return Player Funds (May 17, 2011) –
Absolute Poker to Refund U.S. Players. Sort Of. (May 17, 2011) –
Merge Discontinues New York State Sign-ups (May 17, 2011) –
FIRE Podcast –  John Pappos on The Online Poker Raids – Out of the Storm News (May 16, 2011) –
Full Tilt Poker Updates Their Progress on Cashouts (May 16, 2011) –
PokerStars Now Allowing US Poker Point Cashouts (May 10, 2011) –
Black Friday: Homes of Indicted to be Seized (May 9, 2011) –
PokerStars, Former UB, Absolute Offices Raided (May 7, 2011) –
PokerStars Allowing US Players to Withdraw (May 6, 2011) –
UB and Absolute Poker May File for Bankruptcy in Norway (May 5, 2011) –
US Attorney General: Unsure if Poker is Skill Game but deems Black Friday Appropriate (May 5, 2011) –
High Stakes Poker Secures New Primary Sponsor (May 5, 2011) –
FullTilt Poker Black Friday Update (May 3, 2011) –
Problems at the Cereus Network (May 3, 2011) –
Defense lawyer comments on Black Friday (May 3, 2011) –
PokerStars Withdrawals Already Hitting American Accounts (April 28, 20110) –
Ira Rubin Arrested on Black Friday Charges (April 27, 2011) –
Bluff Magazine reports successful US player account withdrawals from PokerStars and Two more poker rooms will be leaving the US Market (April 26, 2011) –
PokerStars Now Approving Withdrawals for American Players (April 26, 2011) –, PlayersOnly, and Superbook to Leave American Market (April 26, 2011) –
U.S. poker shut down was illegal, contends Antigua and Barbuda (April 22, 2011) –
Antigua, Isle of Man React to US Poker Bust (April 21, 2011) –
DOJ Domain Use Agreement with Two Online Poker Companies (April 20, 2011) –…/pokerdomainnameuseagreementspr.pdf
Black Friday Reactions from Poker Celebrities and More (April 20, 2011) –
Onyx Cup Canceled, WSOP Still to Air (April 20, 2011) –
US Congressman Barney Frank Speaks Out Against Poker Site Shutdowns (April 20, 2011) –
Poker Sites Allowed to Refund US Players’ Money (April 20, 2011):
United States Enters Domain Name Use Agreements with FullTilt and PokerStars (April 20, 2011):
Online Poker in the United States: What’s Next? (April 19, 2011):
The Australian Who Built and Just Toppled American Online Poker (April 19, 2011):
USA vs Poker Companies and Processors: Summary of DOJ Indictment (April 18, 2011):
Absolute Poker Now Blocking US Players (April 18, 2011):
Poker industry looks forward – ESPN (April 18, 2011) –
Poker company indictments further cloud legislative debate – Las Vegas Sun (April 17, 2011) –
Both Parties To Blame for Liberty-Restricting Poker Ban – Big Government (April 17, 2011) –
Poker’s Black Friday: Info so far (April 16, 2011):
PPA Announcement (April 16, 2011)
FBI Cracks Down on Internet Gambling Companies – ABC (With Video) (April 16, 2011) –
DOJ Indictment Press Release (April 15, 2011) –…dictmentpr.pdf
DOJ Indictment (April 15, 2011) – Indictment: DOJ vs. Scheinberg, Bitar, Tom, et al
Wynn/PokerStars and Full Tilt/Fertitta Interactive Deal is Over (April 15, 2011) – Poker Websites Targeted in Federal Crackdown – and Steve Wynn Cuts Ties With Embattled Online Poker Site, PokerStars – Steven Bertoni – Money Talks – Forbes
3 online poker houses face fraud charges in NYC – CBS (April 15, 2011) –
Online poker companies indicted for fraud – CNN (April 15, 2011) –
Full Tilt’s Announcement About Pulling out of US (April 15, 2011) – Full Tilt Poker Statement – Pulling Out of US Market
Full Tilt’s Statement Regarding Withdrawals (April 15, 2011) –…er-withdrawals

In light of recent events involving the freezing of certain accounts, Full Tilt Poker would like to assure all players that their funds remain safe and secure. Processing of both deposit and withdrawal requests is proceeding as normal and is still available to all of our players.

All players who were affected by the current situation have had their funds returned to their accounts and all new withdrawal requests are processing normally. We assure all players on Full Tilt Poker that your online playing experience will not change and that you will be able to both deposit and withdraw funds as needed. Your money remains safe, secure and accessible at all times.

Full Tilt Poker remains committed to the protection of our players’ security and legal rights, and will continue to provide the best and safest online poker room available worldwide.

PokerStarsSteve replies on 2p2 (April 15, 2011) –…&postcount=564

As you may have heard, PokerStars has had to suspend real money poker services to people based in the US due to legal developments there. These developments are confined to the US and do not have any impact on the ability of players outside the US to continue using PokerStars services.

Please be assured player balances are safe. There is no cause for concern about loss of funds in your PokerStars account. For all customers outside the US it is business as usual.

The PokerStars website has been moved to Online Poker Games | Play for Free Texas Holdem | PokerStars, and the PokerStars Support email address is now PokerStars apologises to all players for any inconvenience caused by this disruption.

Please be aware that PokerStars Support is currently experiencing a very high volume of emails, so response times are delayed. Player emails will be answered as quickly as possible.

It is understood that many players, especially those from the US, may have additional questions or concerns about these changes, account status, and cashouts. The information above is all the information available at this time. PokerStars management and legal team continues to review the situation and will provide additional information it becomes available.

As there is no additional information available to pass on, I will not be answering follow-up questions at this time. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.


Live QuadJacks USTREAM show talking about the issues (Day 2) – QuadJacks Black Friday on USTREAM: QuadJacks and friends reflect upon the current state of online poker in America, after the clusterfuck that befell it on…
Fight Back Thread on 2p2

UIGEA and IGPEA Bills (for reference) – Bill Text – 109th Congress (2005-2006) – THOMAS (Library of Congress)
What the Pros Are Saying on Twitter:

More updates and discussion can be found in this thread in the FTR Community.

The founders of the largest online poker sites in the world, PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker, have been indicted by the FBI today. In a shocking and disastrous turn of events, the indictment was unsealed today in a Manhattan court. Two of the executives have been arrested, and FBI is searching for the remaining executives out of eleven total.

The indictment includes charges of bank fraud and money laundering. The FBI has seized the domain names for all three websites, with notices stating, “Conducting, financing, managing, supervising, directing, or owning all or part of an illegal gambling business.” The prosecutors are planning to recover $3 billion from the businesses.

Online poker is a worldwide industry, with an estimated 15 million Americans involved. In 2006, Congress made online gambling illegal, but companies such as these have worked around this through the use of foreign banks.

Preet Bharara, a U.S. attorney in Manhattan, said, “These defendants concocted an elaborate criminal fraud scheme, alternately tricking some U.S. banks and effectively bribing others to assure the continued flow of billions in illegal gambling profits.” Bharara continued, “Foreign firms that choose to operate in the United States are not free to flout the laws they don’t like simply because they can’t bear to be parted from their profits.”

Federal authorities have also issued restraining orders to 76 bank accounts in 14 countries, allegedly a part of the poker companies’ networks