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6/17/2019

article Black Friday and How it’s Shaped the Future of US Sports Betting
(USA) -- Black is the darkest color on the spectrum. It is often used to describe tragic points or happenings that have produced less than favorable outcomes. Black...

6/22/2018

article Antigua 'Losing All Hope' of U.S. Payout in Gambling Dispute
(Worldwide) -- Antigua and Barbuda is "losing all hope" of a financial settlement in a long-running dispute with the United States and it may ask the head of...

6/21/2018

article Antigua 'losing all hope' of U.S. payout in gambling dispute
(Geneva) -- Antigua and Barbuda is “losing all hope” of a financial settlement in a long-running dispute with the United States and it may ask the head of...

8/21/2017

article DOJ to Release $33.5 Million in AP/UB Online Poker Player Paybacks
(Washington D.C.) -- The final financial fallout from online poker’s Black Friday in 2011 is starting to settle, with former players at Absolute Poker (AP) and...

6/16/2017

article Absolute Poker Co-Founder Pleads Guilty to Online Activities
(USA) -- Absolute Poker Co-Founder, Scott Tom pled guilty after admitting to criminal activities of “interstate transmission of gambling information” and...

6/6/2017

article Absolute Poker’s Scott Tom pleads Black Friday felonies down to single misdemeanor
(New York) -- Former Absolute Poker co-founder Scott Tom is a step closer to resolving his outstanding criminal charges filed by US prosecutors in the 2011 Black Friday...

4/11/2017

article Absolute Poker Players to Be Returned Post-UIGEA Funds
(USA) -- The US Department of Justice announced on Monday that class action settlement company Garden City Group (GCG) will monitor the process for the compensation of...

3/11/2017

article Black Friday US Attorney Who Took Down Full Tilt Poker Ousted
(Las Vegas) -- Despite a reported promise by US President Donald Trump that he would be able to stay on as US attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet...

2/26/2017

article Absolute Poker Founder Pleads Not Guilty to Gambling and Money Laundering Charges
(Costa Rica) -- The founder of what had been one of the largest online poker websites agreed on Thursday to confront U.S. charges stemming from a long-running criminal...

2/24/2017

article Scott Tom, Absolute Poker Founder and Fugitive, Plays His Hand in Federal Court at Last
(New York) -- Black Friday fugitive Scott Tom, the founder of Absolute Poker (AP), pleaded not guilty in Manhattan Federal Court on Thursday to charges of violating...

10/16/2016

article Black Friday Echoes: Paul Tate to Plead Guilty on Illegal Gambling Business Count
(New York) -- Online poker’s infamous “Black Friday” case from 2011, which resulted in the exit of the three largest US-facing international companies...

10/23/2015

article Internet entrepreneur Daniel Tzvetkoff rebuilding his empire on the Gold Coast after avoiding serious prison time in US
(Australia) -- INTERNET tycoon Daniel Tzvetkoff, who helped bring down some of the world’s biggest online gambling companies, is rebuilding his empire on the Gold...

4/15/2015

article BLOG: Assessing The State Of U.S. Online Poker On The Fourth Anniversary Of Black Friday
(Las Vegas) -- Today is the fourth anniversary of Black Friday. That was the day – April 15, 2011 – that PokerStars, Full Tilt, and Absolute Poker were...

10/25/2014

article Ray Bitar, $40 Million Forfeiture Details Revealed
(USA) -- In 2012, a day that will forever be etched into the minds of poker players, Ray Bitar, the chief executive of Full Tilt Poker, was arrested after voluntarily...

10/10/2014

article Antigua and Barbuda Seeks US Gambling Trade Dispute End
(Antigua) -- Antigua and Barbuda, the tiny twin-island Caribbean nation which has been involved in an online gambling trade dispute with the United States for a decade,...

7/25/2014

article Australian Gambling Payment Gateway Owner Avoids Jail Sentence in US
(USA) -- Daniel Tzvetkoff, an Australian national, has avoided a jail sentence after Judge Lewis Kaplan imposed a time served sentence alongside a $13m forfeiture.

6/5/2014

article Former Payment Processor Daniel Tzvetkoff Avoids Additional Jail Time
(New York) -- Former Australian payment processor and Black Friday informant Daniel Tzvetkoff has been sentenced to time served and fined $13 million.

6/4/2014

article Australian supergrass Daniel Tzvetkoff avoids 75-year jail term
(Australia) -- AUSTRALIAN computer whiz Daniel Tzvetkoff, who helped shut down the multi-billion dollar US online gambling industry when he became a prosecution witness...

5/27/2014

article Gambling snitch Daniel Tzvetkoff likely to avoid jail
(New York) -- DANIEL Tzvetkoff, the Queensland business whiz who became an informant and key player in the shutting down of America’s multimillion-dollar online...

5/11/2014

article Internet Gaming: Caribbean Wants US To Honour WTO Decision With Antigua
(Guyana) -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) has called on the United States to honour a World Trade Organization (...

5/4/2014

article USA Online Poker Saga “Alligator Blood” Published
(USA) -- The story of the informant who with the help of the FBI brought the online poker industry in America to a dead halt has been published and reads like a...

11/11/2013

article When chips were down, poker firms bet on Shurtleff, Swallow
(Utah) -- Cha-ching! So went the sound of money rolling into St. George’s SunFirst Bank. Lots of it. From across the nation. Tens of millions of dollars coming in...

9/14/2013

article BOOK REVIEW: The downfall of AbsolutePoker.com
(Florida) -- Two years ago, when the Justice Department indicted the founders of three major poker websites — including the founders of AbsolutePoker.com —...

7/31/2013

article Cardroom International LLC v. Mark Scheinberg, et. al. (Ferguson, Chris) Lawsuit Tossed
(California) -- Good news has come for the tattered remains of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, as both brands seek to regain some modicum of goodwill whilst outwardly...

7/29/2013

article US Online Poker Was Billion-Dollar Market Pre-Black Friday, Study Says
(USA) -- Online poker generated almost $1bn (£1.5bn) in rake in the year before Black Friday, with more than 1.4m players participating before a US Justice...

6/25/2013

article Kentucky to Continue Lawsuit Against PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker
(Kentucky) -- Last week, a press release from the State of Kentucky revealed that the US Department of Justice paid $6 Million to the state in exchange for their release...

6/2/2013

article The house wins
(New York) -- Anyone who’s played poker knows a bad beat — the agony of losing a hand you’re convinced is a sure winner. And a bad beat is what federal...
article The USA Online Poker Epic True Story
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of Justice in the USA has been an instrument of the gambling industry in a way that most officials wouldn’t really agree with.

4/27/2013

article Father says online poker's 'Black Friday' killed his son
(Las Vegas) -- Bill Roth drove his son to the airport on Sunday, wished him luck in Las Vegas and said goodbye.

2/25/2013

article Ferguson & Lederer: Comparing Black Friday Settlements
(New York) -- On first read, former Full Tilt principals Chris Ferguson and Howard Lederer appear to have reached very similar settlements with the U.S. Government.

2/23/2013

article Online Poker Pro Finally Settles Up
(New York) -- The latest development in the poker world saga of Full Tilt and the fallout of that situation is the news that Chris ‘Jesus ‘ Ferguson a World...

2/19/2013

article Ferguson Reaches Tentative Settlement with DOJ in “Black Friday” Civil Case
(Washington D.C.) -- Chris Ferguson, a founding partner and board member of the controlling entity behind Full Tilt Poker, and the largest individual shareholder of Full...

1/28/2013

article Antigua gets OK to become copyright haven
(Antigua) -- Americans call it piracy. Antiguans call it justice. The islands of Antigua and Barbuda are threatening to strip intellectual property protections from...

1/15/2013

article Pro Poker Player Deals with DOJ
(Washington D.C.) -- Howard Lederer, one of the founders of Full Tilt Poker, has reached an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice that settles a civil suit...

1/4/2013

article Judge Orders Delay in Black Friday Defendant Chad Elie’s Prison Reporting
(New York) -- Legal counsel for Black Friday defendant and online payment processor Chad Elie has convinced the sentencing judge in Elie’s case, Lewis A. Kaplan,...

12/23/2012

article US Department of Justice Wire Act Still Affecting Online Gambling
(Washington D.C.) -- It seems like yesterday but it was an entire year ago that the Department of Justice in the USA did an about face on internet gambling laws.

12/19/2012

article Poker player Lederer agrees to forfeit millions to settle civil lawsuit filed by Justice Department
(New York) -- Poker superstar Howard Lederer, facing a $42.5 million civil lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice over his leadership role with a tarnished...

10/11/2012

article Editorial: Do Full Tilt Poker Leaders Deserve The “Black Book”?
(USA) -- The online poker industry – even though it doesn’t seem this way – is still in its infancy in the gambling world. In its short decade-plus...

10/9/2012

article NY judge gives poker money man jail for bank fraud
(New York) -- A man who processed money illegally for three Internet poker companies whose U.S. operations were shut down has been sentenced in New York to five months...

10/7/2012

article Businessman Chad Elie jailed over illegal bets
(UK) -- Chad Elie was one of 11 men indicted in the Black Friday crackdown in April 2011 on three internet poker companies – PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and...

10/4/2012

article Online Poker Payment Processor Gets Five Months in Prison
(New York) -- A Las Vegas man who worked for online poker companies was sentenced to five months in prison for helping deceive banks into processing hundreds of millions...

9/22/2012

article Black Friday Indicted Poker Exec Pleads Guilty
(USA) -- Former Full Tilt Poker payment processing director Nelson Burtnick pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of concealing online poker payment transfers in an effort...
article Defendants sentenced for illegally transmitting gambling money
(Philadelphia) -- Three of the five people who pleaded guilty to illegally transmitting $44 million between overseas gambling websites and U.S. bettors from a now shut-...

9/19/2012

article Former Poker-Site Executive Pleads Guilty in Online Gambling Case
(New York) -- A former executive at online poker companies Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars pleaded guilty to criminal charges Wednesday in a scheme to conceal payments in...
article Full Tilt Payments Chief Enters UIGEA Guilty Plea [sub req'd]
(New York) -- A former payment processing director for web poker giants PokerStars and Full Tilt faces a maximum of 15 years in prison after entering a guilty plea to...
article Internet poker figure strikes deal, faces 15 years in prison
(New York) -- A key figure in the government's crackdown on Internet poker in the U.S. is facing 15 years in prison after striking a plea deal with federal...
article Online poker exec pleads guilty in money laundering case
(New York) -- A former online poker executive has pleaded guilty to laundering illegal gambling proceeds for the popular gaming sites Pokerstars and Full Tilt Poker,...

8/3/2012

article Mixed up with online poker giants, all bets off for young Queensland internet entrepreneur and whiz kid Daniel Tzvetkoff
(Australia) -- THE case is so intricate and morally confused it's maddening. To make it worse, no one's talking. Somewhere at the bottom of the massive gambling...

8/2/2012

article Cates Ready To Recover His Full Tilt Poker Millions
(USA) -- With the death of Full Tilt Poker last year, so went one of the greatest upswings in the history of the game. Daniel Cates, known by his former Full Tilt screen...

8/1/2012

article 2 poker sites agree to forfeit $731 million after prosecutors allege 'global Ponzi scheme'
(Washington D.C.) -- The world's largest poker company and its rival have settled federal money laundering and fraud charges, agreeing to pay hundreds of millions of...
article Obstacles Ahead As PokerStars Eyes U.S. Return [sub req'd]
(Washington D.C.) -- With state and federal lawmakers increasingly seeking to impose legislative restrictions on former U.S.-facing Internet gaming businesses,...

7/31/2012

article $547 million Pokerstars settlement includes reimbursement of Full Tilt customers
(Washington D.C.) -- An Internet poker company says it has reached a deal with the U.S. government to pay hundreds of millions of dollars, allowing U.S. customers to be...
article 2 Poker Sites Will Forfeit $731 Million
(Washington D.C.) -- The United States attorney for the Southern District of New York reached an agreement on Tuesday with two of the world’s largest poker...
article 2 Poker Sites Will Forfeit Millions
(Washington D.C.) -- Two of the world’s largest poker companies agreed to pay hundreds of millions of dollars, some of it to be reimbursed to online gamblers, to...
article BLOG: PokerStars settles with United States DoJ
(Washington D.C.) -- Today's announcement of our settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) closes one chapter in our corporate history and opens another.
article NY Internet poker deals aim to repay customers
(Washington D.C.) -- Settlement deals reached between federal prosecutors and three Internet poker companies call for more than a half billion dollars to be paid to the...
article Online gambling site PokerStars makes deal with feds
(Washington D.C.) -- Embattled online gambling site PokerStars reached a settlement Tuesday with the U.S. Department of Justice, and company officials quickly announced...
article Online poker companies settle with U.S.; two to combine
(Washington D.C.) -- Two online poker companies settled U.S. civil charges of illegal Internet gambling on Tuesday in a deal that positions one of them to take over the...
article Online poker sites settle U.S. lawsuit for $731 million
(Washington D.C.) -- The Department of Justice announced a $731 million settlement Tuesday with online poker companies PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker to resolve bank...
article Poker Site Pays $731 Million Fine
(Washington D.C.) -- PokerStars agreed to pay $731 million to end a Justice Department lawsuit alleging bank fraud, money laundering and violations of gambling...
press release Pokerstars Settles Dispute With U.S. Department of Justice and Aquires Assets of Full Tilt Poker
(UK) -- PokerStars today announced that the Company has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Southern District of New York. As part of the...
article PokerStars settles for $731 million, buys Full Tilt, pays players
(Washington D.C.) -- The world's largest Internet poker company, PokerStars, is settling with the government to the tune of $731 million more than a year after a...
article PokerStars Swallows Full Tilt, Admits No Guilt In DoJ Settlement [sub req'd]
(Washington D.C.) -- PokerStars will pay a total of $731m to settle a civil case with the U.S. Department of Justice and rescue former rival Full Tilt Poker from...
article PokerStars, Justice Department reach settlement
(Washington D.C.) -- Internet gaming giant PokerStars announced Tuesday it settled a criminal complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice, agreeing to pay a $547...
article PokerStars, Justice Department reach settlement
(Washington D.C.) -- Internet gaming giant PokerStars will forfeit $731 million to the U.S. government over the next three years to settle a criminal complaint with the...

7/30/2012

article BLOG: Poker World Grinds To Halt With PokerStars/DoJ Deal Rumors
(USA) -- As if there wasn’t already a post-World Series of Poker slowdown in the poker community – with many players taking a respite from the game before...

7/29/2012

article Online poker payment processor sentenced in NY
(New York) -- A man accused of helping online poker companies move billions of dollars in illegal gambling proceeds overseas from U.S. customers has been sentenced in...

7/26/2012

article Man gets 3-Year Sentence in Online Gambling Crackdown
(New York) -- Ira Rubin, a payment processor for the Internet gambling industry, was sentenced to three years in prison as part of a U.S. crackdown on online gaming.
article Online poker payment processor sentenced in NY
(New York) -- A man accused of helping online poker companies move billions of dollars in illegal gambling proceeds overseas from U.S. customers was sentenced to three...

7/23/2012

article Brent Beckley, Absolute Poker Owner, Sentenced To 14 Months In Prison Over Bank Fraud
(New York) -- An owner of Absolute Poker, one of the three largest Internet poker companies, was sentenced to 14 months in prison on Monday after admitting to deceiving...

7/3/2012

article Full Tilt Poker CEO Pledges to Return Player Money; Delaware First to OK Online Casinos
(New York) -- Full Tilt Poker CEO Raymond Bitar says he will do "whatever is required" to return millions of dollars to online poker players who lost access to...
article Full Tilt Poker CEO Ray Bitar Denies Online Casino was Multimillion Dollar Ponzi Scheme
(New York) -- The founder and CEO of Full Tilt Poker has handed himself in to US authorities and pleaded not guilty to accusations relating to an alleged Ponzi scheme.
article BLOG: Do you trust online gaming companies with your money?
(Canada) -- An online poker giant has been charged with duping millions in a years-long Ponzi scheme. (iStock)The CEO of popular online gambling company is facing up to...
article BLOG: Why did Full Tilt Poker CEO Ray Bitar get on that plane to New York?
(UK) -- Among the many questions poker players and industry observers are asking themselves following Monday’s news that Full Tilt Poker CEO Ray Bitar had decided...

7/2/2012

article Feds Arrest Full Tilt CEO Ray Bitar And Again Call The Online Poker Firm A Ponzi Scheme
(New York) -- Ray Bitar, the chief executive of Full Tilt Poker, has been arrested after voluntarily surrendering to U.S. law enforcement and is being held in New York,...
article Founder of online gambling site Full Tilt Poker arrested in N.Y.
(New York) -- The founder of the defunct gambling site Full Tilt Poker, which allegedly owes $350 million to Internet poker players, was arrested in New York as he came...
article Full Tilt Poker CEO surrenders to US on gambling fraud
(New York) -- The chief of Full Tilt Poker surrendered to U.S. authorities on Monday and pleaded not guilty to charges of illegal gambling and that the online poker...
article Full Tilt’s Bitar Arraigned In New York [sub req'd]
(New York) -- Ray Bitar, CEO and founder of Full Tilt Poker, appeared before a federal court in Manhattan yesterday to enter a not-guilty plea to charges of illegal...

6/27/2012

article Ex-Utah banker gets 3 months in prison in NY Internet poker case for ‘greed-driven crime’
(New York) -- A judge said he was “extremely lenient” Wednesday when he sent a Utah banker who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor to prison for three months for...
article Ex-Utah exec gets 3 months in NY poker case
(New York) -- A Utah banker has been sentenced to three months in prison for his role in an Internet poker prosecution that shut down the U.S. operations of three card-...

6/4/2012

article Full Tilt Poker Problems Make Andy Bloch’s Win ‘Bittersweet’
(Las Vegas) -- Newly crowned World Series of Poker champ Andy Bloch is delighted – but also feels victory was “bittersweet” because of Full Tilt Poker...

5/22/2012

article DoJ Crackdowns Cast Long Shadow Over Offshore Poker Industry [sub req'd]
(Washington D.C.) -- Since federal prosecutors ratcheted up a crackdown on Internet gambling businesses last year, the overhang of further enforcement action has seen...

5/8/2012

article James Moore: PartyGaming needs a winning hand
(UK) -- Outlook Short-stacked in poker terminology is when a player is close to busting out, with only a small pile of chips to play with. In such a position you're...

5/4/2012

press release G-poker: New Online Poker Site May Repay Full Tilt Poker Players
(Montreal) -- G-poker reports that Groupe Bernard Tapie (GBT), the investor that failed last week in negotiations to purchase Full Tilt Poker, announced it’s...

4/27/2012

article Could This Be the Future of Online Gambling?
(Wall Street) -- Speculation abounds on the future of online poker gambling after the Feds effectively shut it down last year. But there could still be hope for sites...
article Tapie Balks At DoJ Demands For Full Tilt Deal [sub req'd]
(Washington D.C.) -- A proposed $80m deal to buy Full Tilt Poker and reimburse non-US players collapsed on Tuesday as the potential buyer, Groupe Bernard Tapie, withdrew...

4/26/2012

article Williams & Connolly Challenges DOJ Asset Forfeiture Action
(Washington D.C.) -- Lawyers in Washington representing three corporate investment accounts at UBS Financial Services in Miami are mounting a legal challenge to unlock...

4/25/2012

article PokerStars in settlement talks with prosecutors
(Las Vegas) -- Online gaming giant PokerStars, which saw its access to American customers cut off by a federal indictment a year ago, said Tuesday it is in settlement...

4/24/2012

article Canadian Online Gambling Financials in the Aftermath
(Canada) -- After the occurrence of Black Friday, the day that shocked the world of online poker and online gambling to its core, as 3 major poker rooms got shut down...

4/20/2012

article Alderney Regulators Set Hearing for Full Tilt Unit [sub req'd]
(Alderney) -- Regulators in the offshore island of Alderney have set a public hearing for the licence application of a unit of Full Tilt Poker, the online gambling...

4/14/2012

article AGA chief issues statement marking Black Friday anniversary
(Washington D.C.) -- On Friday, April 15, 2011, the FBI shut down the websites of Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars and Absolute Poker charging the companies and several of...
article Black Friday To Now: A Timeline Of Poker Events
(USA) -- Black Friday caused a dramatic shift in the poker world. In addition to the drama of court cases, legislation for the industry became a more pressing issue both...
article Online Poker: One Year After the Biggest Bust in Gaming History
(USA) -- On the anniversary of the biggest shakeup in the online gaming world, poker in the digital age is a far cry from what it was just one year ago. But according to...

4/9/2012

article Why online poker pros are sitting idle in Sin City
(Las Vegas) -- When online poker sites were shut down by the US Department of Justice in April 2011 the accounts of many US-based poker players were frozen.

3/29/2012

article NY poker case judge delays ex Utah exec's plea
(New York) -- The government's plan to avoid a trial in its prosecution of defendants in a crackdown on Internet poker companies hit a snag Wednesday when a judge...
article Poker Showdown On Ice As Black Friday Pleas Stack Up [sub req'd]
(New York) -- Two defendants in the "Black Friday" case have folded their hand on what was gearing up to be the first major court challenge that online poker...

3/26/2012

article Las Vegas man pleads guilty in Online poker case
(New York) -- A Las Vegas man nearing trial in a case that shut down U.S. operations for three Internet poker companies has pleaded guilty in New York.
article Nevada Man Pleads Guilty in Online-Poker Case
(New York) -- A Nevada man, one of 11 people charged last year as part of a government crackdown on illegal Internet gambling, has pleaded guilty to helping offshore...
article Online Poker Payment Processor Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy
(New York) -- Chad Elie, a Las Vegas man who processed payments for online poker companies, pleaded guilty to a scheme to deceive banks into processing hundreds of...

3/25/2012

article The Week That Was: iSeries, Black Friday Trial, & New Gambling Laws
(USA) -- In order to survive, the poker world constantly has to adapt, be it to new laws, new television concepts, or something as extreme as Black Friday.

3/1/2012

article Online poker kings get cashed out
(Washington D.C.) -- When you've turned nothing into something once already, you tend to feel you can do it again. There's faith your luck will turn. Perhaps it...

2/28/2012

article Poker payment processor pleads guilty in NYC
(New York) -- A Canadian man has pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in connection with a government crackdown on Internet poker gambling that shut down the three...

2/14/2012

article PokerStars: Walls Of Secrecy Tumble
(USA) -- As a privately held company, the walls of secrecy surrounding senior management and the operations of Poker Stars were rarely challenged before the United...
article PokerStars Launches PokerStars.eu
(Malta) -- On Monday, PokerStars utilized its new gaming license in Malta by launching www.pokerstars.eu, which the company says will benefit players in several European...

2/8/2012

article BLOG: Daniel Negreanu Expresses More Love for the Full Tilt Crew
(UK) -- Daniel Negreanu is in a zone. But this is no hot streak at the poker tables. Oh, no. Daniel Negreanu is all sorts of fired up about Full Tilt Poker.
article Federal Judge Refuses To Dismiss Online Poker Charges
(New York) -- The federal government’s criminal online poker case was dealt a winning hand on Tuesday when a federal judge in Manhattan denied motions to dismiss...

1/26/2012

article Tom "durrrr" Dwan Talks Full Tilt Poker, DOJ, and the Future of Online Poker
(Australia) -- Before the Aussie Millions Poker Championship, rumors swirled that Tom “durrrr” Dwan was spotted in Australia and would be attending the event...

1/17/2012

article Key player in Internet poker scheme bets on a plea bargain
(New York) -- He knew when to fold 'em. A career crook who duped American banks into processing billions of dollars in illegal Internet wagers struck a plea bargain...

12/23/2011

article Top-10 gambling industry stories of 2011
(USA) -- There are times when the Casino City editorial team really has to scrape the bottom of the barrel to come up with enough items to fill a top-10 list. Putting...
article Absolute Poker Founder Pleaded Guilty
(USA) -- One of the founders of the well-known poker room Absolute Poker was found guilty recently for infringing federal laws. The US Department of Justice brought...

12/20/2011

article 'I knew it was illegal': Absolute Poker owner admits deceiving banks over gambling proceeds
(New York) -- The man behind one of the largest online poker companies has admitted deceiving U.S. banks over the processing of gambling money. Absolute Poker co-owner...
article Absolute Poker Exec Enters U.S. Guilty Plea [sub req'd]
(New York) -- A 31-year-old American on Tuesday became the first online poker executive to plead guilty to criminal charges brought by the Department of Justice in April...
article Absolute Poker founder pleads guilty to bank fraud and money laundering
(New York) -- Absolute Poker co-founder Brent Beckley entered a guilty plea today in response to charges of bank fraud, money laundering, illegal gambling offenses and...
article Internet Poker Operator Admits Deceit
(New York) -- One of the owners of a large Internet poker company pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a criminal charge of deceiving United States banks about the processing of...
article Man pleads guilty in connection with Internet poker crackdown
(New York) -- One of the 11 individuals indicted on April 15 during the federal government's crackdown on Internet poker pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District...

12/4/2011

article Editorial: Poker Scandal Plagues Industry
(USA) -- Six score years ago a vibrant American gaming industry was erased from the scene by a scandal. It was the second time that happened in US history. This one was...

12/1/2011

article Full Tilt, PokerStars, & Absolute Get Extension to Respond to Amended Complaint
(New York) -- On Nov. 30, the U.S. District Court Southern District of New York revealed that it granted Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars, and Absolute Poker extensions to...

11/12/2011

article DOJ Responds to the Pretrial Motions of Elie & Campos
(Washington D.C.) -- On Friday, Pokerati reported that the United States Department of Justice filed a response to the pretrial motions of Chad Elie and John Campos, two...

11/7/2011

article No Poker Exemption In U.S. Online Ban, Insists DoJ [sub req'd]
(Washington D.C.) -- Arguments that federal gambling laws do not apply to online poker are “nothing more than exercises in wishful thinking,” according to...
article UIGEA Prosecutor Links Indicted Online Poker Mogul to Italian Mafia
(New York) -- The ever imaginative UIGEA Federal Prosecutor filed court papers which link an American online casinos and poker mogul (indicted on Black Friday) to the...

11/3/2011

article Full Tilt Poker Close to Settlement With U.S.
(Washington D.C.) -- A French investment group may be close to securing an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department that would allow the group to take control of the...

11/2/2011

article BRENNAN, Jr: Who escaped blame for Black Friday? You did.
(USA) -- Online poker in the US? What a disaster. Amazing how much the world can change in only six months, isn’t it? Libyan war – now over, Quaddafi dead...

10/3/2011

article Alderney Gambling Control Commission Addresses Full Tilt Poker Players
(UK) -- On Monday, the Alderney Gambling Control Commission released a statement addressing players who were looking to the AGCC to help in player issues and disputes...
article Defense Puts Cards on Table in NYC Poker Case
(New York) -- Defense lawyers for a Utah banker and a businessman indicted on gambling charges are trying to convince a federal judge that online poker isn't really...

9/25/2011

article A Poker Life: Devin Porter
(USA) -- When former online poker pro Devin Porter walked into an interview for a tech-support position at a web-based company he took a page out of popularized con...

9/14/2011

article Full Tilt To Cut Jobs At Irish HQ
(Ireland) -- Full Tilt, the Dublin-based poker site, said it will axe up to 250 jobs at its Dublin base as a result of the prosecutions that have seen it quit the US...

9/1/2011

article BLOG; Full Tilt tilts further into oblivion
(UK) -- THE SHAMBLES that is Full Tilt Poker is slipping deeper and deeper into darkness. After the aftermath of Black Friday, players still haven’t been paid back...

8/31/2011

article Black Friday Shrinks U.S. Online Lobbying Spend, Report Finds
(Washington D.C.) -- In the first half of 2011, lobbying spend on Internet gambling issues at the federal level fell markedly on a combination of unfavorable political...

8/23/2011

article ROGER GROS: Up Against the Wall
(USA) -- Usually, a federal prosecution isn’t good news for whatever sector of gambling is involved. In general, it taints whatever legitimate operators survive...
article Tilted! / Possible sale could resolve legal issues facing the online poker site
(USA) -- The remains of the Full Tilt Poker empire seemed likely to crumble even further last week after a regulatory body suspended the once-leading poker site’s...

8/13/2011

article Professional Poker Players from the US are Left with Little Options
(USA) -- When the Federal Government in the US shutdown the four top online poker sites on April 15th of this year, thousands of professional online poker players were...

8/11/2011

article Online poker ban sends pros elsewhere
(Las Vegas) -- The warnings sounded as early as May. "It's not often that the federal government shuts down the only means of income for hundreds of thousands...

8/7/2011

article Former online poker pro cashes in at Mohegan
(Pennsylvania) -- Byran Trischetta knows very well the meaning of “Black Friday” in the poker context. It was Friday, April 15 when the Department of Justice shut down...

8/5/2011

article Black Friday Continues to Affect Casinos Online
(USA) -- Almost four months ago the US Department of Justice forced the closure of major American online poker rooms based on their processing payments in an allegedly...

8/4/2011

article Exodus of online poker players under way
(Las Vegas) -- Like many people who moved to Las Vegas seeking opportunity, Shaun Deeb is considering leaving town for greener pastures. But unlike the recession-...
article Chuck Blount: Finding poker options in the gambling wasteland
(Texas) -- The recent federal crackdown on online poker effectively shut down the three major sites with instant precision. It also cut off the main poker revenue artery...

8/3/2011

article Full Tilt Poker Granted Secondary Gaming License
(Canada) -- The small gaming jurisdiction of Kahnawake has angered former Full Tilt Poker players by granting Full Tilt Poker a secondary gaming license.

8/2/2011

article Black Friday Shuffles U.S. Online Poker Lobby
(Washington D.C.) -- Wary of online gambling’s perception on Capitol Hill after “Black Friday”, America’s largest casino companies have endorsed...

7/17/2011

article English Harbour Closed – Englishharbour Casino Down Forever
(UK) -- English Harbour Casino has announced they will cease all operations world-wide. The reason for closing down one of the largest online casino operations is due to...

7/14/2011

article Jeremy Hunt – Hunts Out New UK Online Gambling Restrictions
(UK) -- Although there has been talk about UK online gambling restrictions in the recent past, the Black Friday closure of major US poker sites seems to have fired up...

7/10/2011

article STUTZ: Poker players find reason to unite
(Las Vegas) -- If anything positive has arisen in the three months since federal prosecutors imploded the Internet poker world, it's that the subject is no longer...
article UK set to reform online gaming
(Isle of Man) -- Isle of Man-based online gaming firm PokerStars should find out in the next couple of weeks whether it will have to earn United Kingdom regulatory...

7/9/2011

article America's online poker fans down to their last card
(UK) -- Not so long ago, FBI agents probing the activities of poker websites they believed to be illegally operating in the US identified nine wire transfers of about $...

7/5/2011

article Todd Terry and other poker players file class action suit against Full Tilt
(USA) -- It’s been a tumultuous period for Full Tilt Poker since Black Friday befell the poker world on April 15, 2011. While PokerStars has stayed well above the...
article Up Against the Wall / Online poker’s opportunities and challenges post ‘Black Friday’
(Washington D.C.) -- Usually, a federal prosecution isn’t good news for whatever sector of gambling is involved. In general, it taints whatever legitimate...

6/27/2011

article Online gambling advocates bet on legal future in U.S.
(Washington D.C.) -- That's despite a Department of Justice crackdown April 15 on the three largest online poker sites used by Americans for allegedly violating the...

6/26/2011

article The Chips Are Down In Vegas, But The World Series Of Poker Stars Are Still Out
(Las Vegas) -- The walkway leading to and from the center of the poker universe is full of smiling attendants and looks pretty lavish considering it's the boulevard...

6/25/2011

article Poker Celebs Show Their Skills Despite DOJ Crackdowns
(Las Vegas) -- Even though the Department of Justice shut down three of the most popular online poker websites back on April 15th of 2011 that has not deterred many...
article Poker tour sees increase after online closures
(Texas) -- In April, online poker players across the world were left scrambling for a new game. That's when federal prosecutors in New York announced indictments...

6/20/2011

article Barton Could Advance USA Online Poker Law This Week
(Washington D.C.) -- According to several published reports, an online poker bill sponsored by Representative Joe Barton (R-Texas) could be introduced to the House of...
article Barton Poker Bill May be Coming This Week
(Washington D.C.) -- According to the Washington, D.C. Insider website TheHill.com, Rep. Joe Barton (R – Texas) could introduce his new online poker bill as early...
article Online poker next internet law in the works
(Washington D.C.) -- With all the laws being proposed in the United States Legislature this year, one more could be added this week to legalize online poker. According...

6/16/2011

article Global egaming growth hit by Black Friday, says H2
(UK) -- Global egaming growth is set to slow to 4.4% this year, according to H2 Gambling Capital, the slowest annual growth the industry has seen since the gambling data...

6/13/2011

article Frustration With Full Tilt Growing Among U.S. Poker Players
(USA) -- With their lives still in upheaval after Black Friday, professional online poker players in America are growing increasingly angry with Full Tilt, which has not...

6/8/2011

article NPR: Big Names May Skip Poker Tournament's Main Event
(Las Vegas) -- The World Series of Poker is taking a big hit after the Justice Department shut down online poker operators in April. That shutdown has meant fewer...
article U.S. online poker case defendant denied bail
(New York) -- One of several men accused of helping online poker websites dodge U.S. gambling laws lived in Central America for years to avoid a telemarketing fraud...

6/5/2011

article Gaming Operators Change .com Domain Names to Avoid US Action
(USA) -- The online gaming operator Bodog is one of many online operators that have changed their domain names this week to reduce the risks of the US authorities from...

6/4/2011

article Families Face Dire Straits After Online Poker Shutdown
(USA) -- Things had been looking up for Brian Mogelefsky in the weeks preceding “Black Friday.” The bursting of the real estate bubble, which almost...

6/1/2011

article Citing embarrassment of sponsor's actions, Phil Ivey sits out 2011 World Series of Poker
(Las Vegas) -- Poker standout Phil Ivey will not play in the 2011 World Series of Poker, saying in a statement that he was "embarrassed" his online poker...

5/27/2011

article Online poker crackdown leaves players scrambling
(Pennsylvania) -- Online poker will rise again in the United States, but it's going to be a while -- maybe two years or more -- before it returns to the level it was...

5/24/2011

article Black Friday Invites Consumer Protection Focus For Campbell Bill
(California) -- Framing the effort to legalize Internet gambling around raising federal tax revenues will not prove a successful strategy in a Republican-led Congress,...
article Guilty Plea in Online-Poker Case
(New York) -- A U.S. citizen admitted Monday to helping online-poker companies circumvent laws prohibiting the processing of Internet-gambling payments. Bradley Franzen...
article Online poker "payment processor" pleads guilty in gambling case
(New York) -- Bradley Franzen pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges Monday, admitting that he played as a "payment processor" by helping Internet poker...

5/23/2011

article Franzen Pleads Guilty to Internet Gambling Charges, Cooperates With U.S.
(New York) -- Bradley Franzen, accused of helping to disguise Internet gambling payments, pleaded guilty to three counts, including taking part in conspiracies to commit...
article Ill. man pleads guilty in NYC Internet poker case
(New York) -- A Chicago man pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges Monday, admitting that he helped Internet poker companies find banks to process millions of dollars in...
article Alderney ‘Comfortable’ On Full Tilt Liabilities
(California) -- The chief regulator with responsibility for licensing Full Tilt Poker in Alderney has said he is reassured that the beleaguered online poker operator...
article Black Friday Invites Consumer Protection Focus For Campbell Bill
(California) -- Framing the effort to legalize Internet gambling around raising federal tax revenues will not prove a successful strategy in a Republican-led Congress,...

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