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  • What Does the FBI Poker Site Seizure Mean for Poker Players?

    Monday, April 18th, 2011 by t2admin

If you play online poker than you’ve already heard about the FBI seizure of the four major poker sites including PokerStars, AbsolutePoker, FullTiltPoker and UB.com. If you haven’t heard about the news yet the FBI and DOJ in the USA have seized the four biggest US poker domains and put a restraining order on about 75 bank accounts in 14 countries.

The FBI is seeking assistance in arresting the 11 defendants so that they can be brought to court on the charges they face, which include online gambling charges, bank fraud charges and money laundering charges. There are plenty of details about the case all over the internet, but in this article I want to talk about what the seizure means for poker players in the near future.

PokerStars & Full Tilt Poker

PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker will still run as normal as long as you don’t live in the United States. The poker room software hasn’t been shut down at all during this fiasco, as it has only been blocked to US residents. Both poker sites have announced that they will no longer accept US players in their poker room. For those of you living outside of the United States, you can visit the new sites at PokerStars.eu and FullTiltPoker.co.uk.

Absolute Poker & UB Poker

Absolute Poker and UB Poker both run on the Cereus Poker Network and they were also apart of the recent FBI seizure. Both poker sites have announced that they’ll continue accepting US players and allowing US players to play in the poker room even though they were named in the recent indictment. Even though these two poker rooms are still accepting US poker players it isn’t recommended you continue playing here right now. The two new domains that have been opened by the poker rooms include AbsolutePoker.eu and UBPoker.eu.

Now that the weekend is over there has been some good signs for poker players that don’t reside in the USA. Online poker will continue running on these major poker sites, but the traffic is definitely going to become smaller at PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker, as they’re no longer accepting US players. Expect the poker room to change a lot of the tournaments and promotions in the future if they can’t accept US players, but we’ll be make sure to keep you updated with all of the news as we’re presented with it.

These were the only poker sites affected by the FBI seizure this past Friday, so if you play at any other poker site you don’t have anything to worry about yet. The main reason why these sites were charged is because they opened fake businesses and bank accounts on US soil to illegally launder money out of the country. This is a serious charge in the United States and the 11 defendants named in the indictment may face prison time and hefty fines.

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