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Poker Domains to be Restored for Money Returns

U.S. Attorney's office in NY issues statement

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Well, this is good news.

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York has just released a statement detailing agreements reached between the U.S. government and embattled online poker sites PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker.

The poker sites have agreed to enter domain-name use agreements with the United States.  As part of this agreement, the domains PokerStars.com and Fulltiltpoker.com will be restored in order to “facilitate return of U.S. player funds.”

The statement attempts to make clear that Friday’s indictments for fraud and money laundering never in fact barred the refunding of player funds – the companies have always been free to reimburse players.  With this agreement, however, player refunds will be facilitated by the U.S. government reinstating the .com domains.

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.

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.

The agreement explicitly bars the sites from facilitating online poker for real money within the U.S. and disallows deposits.  Foreign players are encouraged to keep on playing.

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.

Thanks to Kevin Mathers of Bluff Magazine for alerting to this on Twitter:

directly from DOJ, the press release – http://is.gd/6UYjGv 28 minutes ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

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  • http://webhostingreview.info/php-hosting/ smith

    that’s really a good news for me

  • Amy

    When a person (retired) can’t sit down and play poker on line I believe their constutional rights are being violated. There are alot of wheel chair or bed ridden people that have fun playing on line and now the government is crossing the line. Lottery in each state is gambling and no one is shutting that down. That can be more additive than online because you pay and there is no skill involved at all. If the online poker goes, Americans need to stand up for our right to do what we want in the privacy of our own homes. Too many cameras everywhere and now we can’t do what we want in our home. No democracy here.

    • Dixie

      Agree with Amy! Our rights as citizens of the U.S. seem more and more restrictive every day.I also am retired, and playing poker was something I enjoyed every morning, having a cup of coffee early. My husband also plays, and, we enjoy watching all the poker tourneys on television. Now gaming will be legal in Ohio,
      but, on line poker will not??? Lets think how many millions the U.S. could tax if online poker was legalized! People play poker for a living, play for entertainment, in their pajamas at the computer, but, shouldn’t it be their right?

  • http://kettlebellhandles.info Ray

    Good to see the Attorney General’s office is facilitating the return of players’ funds. This will go a long way towards making this whole situation more palatable.

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