Popular Online Poker Sites Closed by FBIIn a shocking announcement made on April 15, the FBI closed the three biggest online poker sites. Those affected UltimateBet, Poker Stars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker. The owners of the sites and its financial officers (total 15 people so far) were charged with bank fraud, illegal gambling offenses, and money laundering. Restraining orders were issued against more than 75 bank accounts used by the poker companies and their payment processors.
Show Me the Money! Funds in the Players AccountsBoth Poker Stars and Full Tilt Poker stated that US players will be able to withdraw any remaining funds from their accounts. This is according to the latest information provided by Poker Stars and Full Tilt Poker who compromised a deal with the Department of Justice allowing them to reopen their domains so that funds can be returned to US players. As for Absolute Poker, no such deal has been made and the release of funds has yet to be determined. It was further reported that at no time were player’s funds block furthering the chances of US players to receive their refunds soon. It was also stated that non-US players can still play for real money at these sites. PokerStars released FAQs for US players - most of the important questions are answered there.
Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet UpdateWhile Full Tilt Poker and Poker Stars have reopened its online sites for non-US players, they have also stated they are in the process of refunding US player’s accounts. What about Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet Poker? In a statement announced on Thursday, April 21, both online poker sites stated that their priority is to refund accounts for US players, and both are consulting with US attorneys towards this end. Moreover, the US attorney has assured both parties they will agree to the same conditions for refunding US players as they did with Full Tilt and Poker Stars.
Best online poker sites fro US players - 2012So far there is no change for the several respectable US friendly poker sites like
- BetOnline Poker
- USA and Canada players may enjoy poker experience at Bovada Poker
- Carbon Poker - US friendly poker room