Gambling News

  • 05 July 2011

    ARJEL Suspends Full Tilt Poker License in France

    It has seem to go from bad to worse for Full Tilt poker since the April 15th indictments from the U.S. government. Their U.S. business cut off, do repayments to U.S. players, European license revoked and now it seems Full Tilt Poker in France no longer has a license either.The French site is run by a company named Rekop Limited.

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  • 01 July 2011

    European Investors to Buy Full Tilt Poker

    About 2 months ago Full Tilt Poker was dealing cards as one the top three internet poker sites. How quickly things can turn. April 15th brought down FBI indictments and a loss of their domain along with Pokerstars, Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet. Shortly after they reached a deal with prosecutors to get their domain back only to process withdrawals along with Pokerstars, since then Pokerstars has paid back over $120 million to players and the other sites…zero.

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  • 29 June 2011

    Full Tilt Poker European License Suspended

    In a major online poker development today, Alderney Gambling Control Commission has suspended the operations license of Full Tilt Poker. This requires the online poker room to suspend operations immediately and currently the servers are down. Full Tilt Poker was one of the largest online poker rooms in operation up until the U.S. crackdown on April 15th.

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  • 27 June 2011

    Rep. Joe Barton Proposes State's Control Online Poker

    On Friday Rep. Joe Barton, R-Texas, introduced online poker legislation that would allow individual states to choose whether online poker should be allowed or not within their borders. Barton who claims to have bipartisan support, would require poker websites to obtain a license in at least one state and the U.S. Department of Commerce to be able to operate legally.

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  • 23 June 2011

    COPA Signs Deal with Playtech

    There are currently two bills that have been proposed to California lawmakers in recent months and currently both seem to be stalled. Senator Lou Correa has a bill that would basically authorize intrastate poker on a set number of platforms while Senator Rod Wright has a broader based platform and includes an emergency clause that gives it a high priority to be heard.

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  • 20 June 2011

    The Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act

    In a letter after our Constitution was established Ben Franklin wrote”… in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Well over 200 years later, this still seems to be the standard. The Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act, H.R. 2230 was introduced Thursday that will require online gambling companies to withhold taxes from net winnings. Which is acceptable except online gambling is still illegal in the United States.

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  • 13 June 2011

    Nevada Passes Online Gambling Bill

    It looks like Nevada is poised and can now start getting ready for online poker. All we need now, as usual, is federal help. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval signed 36 bills into law Friday and one was AB258 which was designed to make Nevada a front runner of internet gambling.The was only one revision to the bill and that came after Black Friday on April 15th when the U.S. Justice department handed down indictments on the three major online poker sites.

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  • 08 June 2011

    $470,00 of Seized Online Gambling Funds Go to Police Department

    “The cooperation between our department and [ICE HIS] investigation goes far beyond normal law enforcement task forces,” County Police Chief James Teare Sr. of the Anne Arundel County Police Department said. Ice being the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s and HIS being the Homeland Security Investigations division. How far beyond “normal law enforcement task forces”? $470,407.62 worth.

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  • 06 June 2011

    Professor I. Nelson Rose Take on Black Friday

    Professor I. Nelson Rose is one of the world’s leading experts on gambling in the United States. J.Todd with the APCW recently interviewed Professor Nelson at the iGaming North American Conference about the FBI indictments handed down on April 15th.

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  • 01 June 2011

    Phil Ivey Boycotts WSOP Over Non-Payments

    The World Series of Poker will have 58 events starting today and going through till mid-July. Fortunes will be made and legends will be born but one poker player, considered by many to be the best in the world, will not be attending. Phil Ivey is boycotting this year’s WSOP and has filed suit against Tiltware. Tiltware is the software and marketing company behind Full Tilt Poker.

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  • 27 May 2011

    Full Tilt Poker No Closer to Allowing Withdrawals

    New about U.S. refunds has been slow in coming from Full Tilt Poker after FBI indictments shut down there site on April 15th. Even after a an agreement was made with U.S. prosecutors to release the Full Tilt domain for the purpose of allowing U.S. online poker players to withdraw their money, nothing has been coming and very little has been said from Full Tilt. With growing concerns from players and word coming that PokerStars has refunded more than $100 million to U.S.

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  • 25 May 2011

    QuickTender Payment Processor Discontinues Service

    Just a few days ago Quicktender issued a statement which in it they said: “We have operated a reputable & reliable payment mechanism for US customers since 2006. Our reputation is important to us, & until recently there has never been any question that players & merchants would be paid.” Today when you go to Quicktender.com you get a one sentence web site: “With regret, the Quicktender service has been discontinued.

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  • 24 May 2011

    Bradley Franzen, Online Poker Payment Processor, Cuts Deal

    Bradley Franzen is the first of the 11 people indicted on April 15th, which those in the online poker industry dub Black Friday, to see U.S. court. Franzen is a resident of Illinois and Costa Rica and he admitted in federal court yesterday, he was a payment processor for PokerStars, Full Tilt and absolute poker. He further admitted he helped circumvent the laws that banned processing online gambling payments and helped deceive banks as to what the transactions were really for.

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  • 23 May 2011

    New Indictments Coming Down for Online Poker Sites

    It seems the U.S government isn’t done with its legal wrangling with online poker rooms allowing U.S players to play. 10 more domains were seized today including Doylesroom.com and Truepoker.com. Also included were two gambling businesses, three defendants and 11 more bank accounts. Here is the full indictment released today.

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  • 19 May 2011

    Quicktender Issues Statement About Withdrawals

    The management of Quicktender would like to make the following statement regarding the current situation with UseMyWallet/Quicktender withdrawals:’ “We have operated a reputable & reliable payment mechanism for US customers since 2006. Our reputation is important to us, & until recently there has never been any question that players & merchants would be paid.

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  • 18 May 2011

    PokerStars Returns $100 Million to U.S. Poker Players

    There were 4 online poker sites named in the FBI indictment on April 15th and an agreement was reached on April 20th by two of those sites, Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars to be able to use their domains again to process U.S. poker players request for withdrawal. So far PokerStars is the only site that has publically commented on those withdrawals. Since the very beginning, PokerStars has had this on the FAQ page about U.S. players. Your account balance is completely safe.

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  • 16 May 2011

    Doyle Brunson Leaves DoylesRoom.com

    Collateral damage? Maybe, but it has been announced that Doyle Brunson will be leaving the online poker site that bears his name, DoylesRoom.com. It seems in the wake of the FBI indictments and “Black Friday”; Brunson is leaving the site but has mentioned a possible return when the United States fully legalizes online poker.According to a DoylesRoom representative, “Doyle Brunson was a sponsored pro of DoylesRoom and he has left his endorsement contract.

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  • 12 May 2011

    Absolute Poker Signs Agreement to Return U.S. Players Funds

    Now it seems that Absolute Poker will be paying back U.S. poker players according to prosecutors on New York City. Wednesday the announcement was made that Absolute Poker signed an agreement with the U.S. government to allow withdrawals to U.S. players and to continue operations to all foreign players. According to U.S.

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  • 09 May 2011

    Costa Rica Agents Raid Absolute Poker Offices and Residents

    April 15th 2011, known as “Black Friday” in online poker circles, is when Federal indictments were handed down and the U.S. government shut down Absolute Poker, UB Poker, PokerStars and Full Tilt poker. Since then PokerStars and Full Tilt reached agreement with the U.S. to regain usage of their websites for the sole purpose of letting U.S. online poker players withdraw their money.

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  • 05 May 2011

    Absolute Poker and UB Poker Heading Towards Bankruptcy

    It seems as though the U.S. indictment of at least one of the three online poker companies will leave poker players the possibility of never getting their money back. This will go for all their players and not just those in the United States. Blanca Gaming of Antigua which is the parent company of Absolute Poker and UB poker (formerly Ultimate Bet) told shareholders in an email that it planned to file for bankruptcy protection in Norway.

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  • 02 May 2011

    New Dutch Government Wants Online Gambling

    The Dutch market is set to be opened up to other parties for online gambling, lotteries, poker, sports betting and bingo by 2015 according to plans outlined by junior justice minister Fred Teeven to the Dutch parliament. According to Teeven, the aim under the new government’s plan is to provide a “responsible, safe and modern gambling policy”. On Saturday the Dutch government echoed a sentiment held by many U.S.

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  • 28 April 2011

    Iowa Not Given Up On Online Poker

    As the dust starts to settle on the FBI indictment that rocked the online poker world, it looks like some states are stepping up the pressure to approve intrastate online poker. Iowa yesterday to a step forward with gambling as a whole within their state border.A House committee approved gambling legislation Wednesday that if approved would change the way gambling runs in there state. The legislation passed the committee by a 20-3 vote and now heads to the house floor.

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  • 25 April 2011

    Will Absolute Poker Use WTO to Fight U.S.?

    If the aftermath of the FBI indictments of the 4 major U.S. facing online poker sites there have been progress made in how the sites will return monies owed to the U.S. poker players who have withdrawals due to them. Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars have already made agreements with the U.S. Government to have their domains returned to process withdrawal claims.Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet however are looking into taking a harder stance against the U.S.

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  • 20 April 2011

    Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars Reaches Domain Name Use Agreement

    In a press release today the U.S. government stated it has reached a domain name use agreement with Full Tilt poker and PokerStars for the returning of U.S. poker players deposited money.

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  • 20 April 2011

    Full Tilt Poker Responds to FBI Indictment

    Though most of the poker sites that have been effected by the latest FBI indictment have remained quiet, Full Tilt Poker has released this press release in regards to their CEO being one of the 11 charged: Full Tilt Poker is saddened by today’s charges against its CEO Raymond Bitar and offers its full support to Mr. Bitar and Nelson Burtnick. Online poker is a game of skill enjoyed by tens of millions of people in the United States and across the world.

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  • 18 April 2011

    Update on F.B.I. Online Poker Crack Down

    Today if you go to pokerstars.com. ultimatebet.com, absolute poker.com or fulltilt.com and you will find a page from the FBI that says: “This domain name has been seized be the F.B.I pursuant to an Arrest Warrant in Rem obtained by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and issued by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

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  • 15 April 2011

    U.S. Goverment Seizes Three Major Online Poker Domains

    News in just now being broke that the FBI and the New York US Attorney’s office has unsealed an indictment today charging eleven defendants and seizing the domains of three major online poker sites including PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker. According to some poker forums, people see a page that reports that the sites hace been confiscated by the FBI and arrest warrants are in place. Some say they see no such message and the site is working just fine.

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  • 13 April 2011

    Florida and Hawaii Fail to Pass Online Poker Bill

    At least they are trying…maybe that’s is how we should look at all the attempts by state lawmakers to get online gambling legalized within their state borders. At least the attempt is being made and online gambling is being considered, but being considered is about as far as Florida and Hawaii got. In Florida yesterday, the Senate Criminal Justice Committee killed a bill that would regulate online poker within the state when their vote ended in a 2-2 tie. The Sen.

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  • 11 April 2011

    Online Poker in Washington D.C.

    It seems like every month another state takes a run at online gambling regulation. Lately it seems online poker had been the main subject of talks. Washington DC is now looking for a way to legalize online poker within its district borders. The D.C. Council already passed a proposal last December that allows the D.C. Lottery to offer “games of skill and games of chance” online. So now we are looking at Thursday as the next big date for this proposal to take effect.

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  • 06 April 2011

    Iowa Online Gambling Bill Stalls

    It now looks like the Iowa online gambling bill has stalled out before it will even go to a vote. Much like the federal attempt to get a bill passed the Iowa legislation got through committee but will not make it to the floor for a vote. Many legislators are in support of the bill saying it would give the state a chance to bring regulation to what is now an unregulated industry and also bring money currently going to foreign companies back into the state.

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