Full Tilt Poker, hit hard by the US government’s Black Friday attack on online poker sites, will soon be fully operational. In April of 2011, a US Attorney operating out of Manhattan cracked down on big online poker rooms operating within America’s borders. These were big names, like Absolute Poker, UB Poker, and Full Tilt Poker. The online poker rooms that didn’t cater to American players, rooms like those found at PKR and Pokerstars, actually gained a lot of customers from the UK who found themselves suddenly unable to play at Full Tilt, so not everyone in the world of online poker shed a tear over Black Friday.
Well here we are – one week on from one of the darkest days that online poker has seen in a long time and the events of Black Friday are still making the headlines.
In fact, they’ll probably continue to do so for several weeks/months to come.
New events relating to the domain seizures on Black Friday continue to occur at a frantic pace.
Four of the world’s largest poker rooms were forced to shut their doors to US players and 11 defendants (including the owners of each of the rooms) were arrested after a joint operation between the Department of Justice and the FBI.
When it comes to online gambling, one Congressman has always steadfastly refused to sit on the fence.
Barney Frank has been a supporter of online gambling since the UIGEA bill was passed back in 2006, so it was only ever going to be a matter of time before he made his thoughts known regarding the poker domain seizure which occurred last Friday.
There are very few winners in the poker industry this morning after the much publicised domain seizures which took place at the end of last week in a combined operation by the Department of Justice and the FBI.
US players are very much left out in the cold with a long line of questions.
Shortly after Pokerstars released an official press statement regarding the seizure of their primary domain, Full Tilt poker has done the same.
However, while the statement from Pokerstars attempted to be fairly bright and breezy, the Full Tilt press release is much more formal and comes from the site owner Raymond Bitar – one of the men who has been indicted this weekend.
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