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    What happened in court today with fulltilt and pokerstars

    here is the link to what happended in court.. today:
    Poker Players Alliance
    Some news - and we are very pleased. Great work poker players. Thank you for sharing all your stories with the PPA and the media. A full statement will be coming.
    http://www.justice.gov/usao/nys/pres...reementspr.pdf
    Welcome to the United States Department of Justice


    United States Attorney



    Southern District of New York


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    APRIL 20, 2011
    CONTACT: U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE

    ELLEN DAVIS, CARLY SULLIVAN,

    JERIKA RICHARDSON, EDELI RIVERA

    PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE

    (212) 637-2600

    UNITED STATES ENTERS DOMAIN-NAME USE AGREEMENTS

    WITH TWO ONLINE POKER COMPANIES

    As Part of Agreements, Use of Domain Names Pokerstars.com and

    Fulltiltpoker.com Will Be Restored to Facilitate Return of U.S.

    Player Funds

    PREET BHARARA, the United States Attorney for the

    Southern District of New York, announced today that the United

    States entered into domain-name use agreements with PokerStars

    and Full Tilt Poker, two of three online poker companies named as

    defendants in an April 15 civil money laundering and forfeiture

    Complaint (the "Civil Complaint"), alleging bank fraud, wire

    fraud, money laundering, and illegal gambling offenses. The

    Complaint, a related Indictment, and a related Restraining Order

    issued against multiple bank accounts utilized by the companies

    and their payment processors do not prohibit the companies from

    refunding players’ money. Nevertheless, this agreement will

    facilitate the return of money so that players can register their

    refund requests directly with Pokerstars and Full Tilt Poker.

    Manhattan U.S. Attorney PREET BHARARA said: "On April

    15th, this Office and the FBI took specific legal action against

    11 individuals who allegedly engaged not merely in the operation

    of illegal gambling businesses, but in massive wire fraud, bank

    fraud, and money laundering, despite repeated warnings and clear

    notice that their conduct was illegal in the United States. No

    individual player accounts were ever frozen or restrained, and

    each implicated poker company has at all times been free to

    reimburse any player's deposited funds. In fact, this Office

    expects the companies to return the money that U.S. players

    entrusted to them, and we will work with the poker companies to

    facilitate the return of funds to players, as today’s agreements

    with PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker demonstrate."

    Under the terms of the agreements with PokerStars and

    Full Tilt Poker, the companies agreed that they would not allow

    for, facilitate, or provide the ability for players located in

    the United States to engage in playing online poker for "real
    money" or any other thing of value. The agreements allow for

    PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker to use the pokerstars.com and

    fulltiltpoker.com domain names to facilitate the withdrawal of

    U.S. players’ funds held in account with the companies. The

    deposit of funds by U.S. players is expressly prohibited. In

    addition, the agreements do not prohibit, and, in fact, expressly

    allow for, PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker to provide for, and

    facilitate, players outside of the United States to engage in

    playing online poker for real money. The agreements also require

    the appointment of an independent Monitor to verify PokerStars’

    and Full Tilt Poker’s compliance with the agreements. The

    Government stands to enter the same agreement with Absolute Poker

    if it so chooses.

    An Indictment was unsealed in Manhattan federal court

    on April 15, 2011 charging eleven defendants, including the

    founders of the three largest Internet poker companies doing

    business in the United States - PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and

    Absolute Poker (the "Poker Companies") - with conspiracy to

    commit bank and wire fraud, money laundering and illegal gambling

    offenses. The United States also filed a Civil Complaint against

    the Poker Companies, their assets, and the assets of several

    payment processors for the Poker Companies. In addition, a

    restraining order was issued against multiple bank accounts

    utilized by the Poker Companies and their payment processors.

    The Government did not restrain any players’ accounts. Five

    Internet domain names used by the Poker Companies *
    pokerstars.com; fulltiltpoker.com; absolutepoker.com;

    ultimatebet.com; and ub.com - were also seized. As alleged in

    the Indictment and Civil Complaint, the Poker Companies

    collectively obtained approximately $3 billion in proceeds as a

    result of their illegal activities.

    Assistant U. S. Attorneys SHARON COHEN LEVIN, MICHAEL

    LOCKARD and JASON COWLEY are in charge of the civil money

    laundering and forfeiture actions, and Assistant U.S. Attorneys

    ARLO DEVLIN-BROWN and NICOLE FRIEDLANDER are in charge of the

    criminal case.

    11-101 ###

    -2*

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    sounds like good news..woohoo

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    it's a start... all usa players can get there money back know....

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    It's a lot of dirty stuf in the middle,i don't that ps and ft are not guilty 100% anyway...tnx for the news!!!
    Cosmin B.

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    So do we have them wire us our money or are they going to send our money in a check?

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    I can't wait til this is over with and pokerstars and fulltilt are back up and running in the States

  7. #7
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    its a wierd thing cuz im not from USA and still i cannot play some tournament.. hope this thing will end SOON as possible

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    Sound like a good start for me
    PokerStars: ProBlackbird | Betsson: ProBlackbird | Party Poker: UnknownFlush

  9. #9
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    I can't wait to get my millions of...oh yeah, I pretty much was broke on FTP. Oh well, guess I better check on my pennies that I was hoping to build up into millions. :-)
    Thanks for the good news.

  10. #10
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    wow crazy, sucks to be the defendant in that case. the rest of your life is spent in an institution

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