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Feds Free Up $30 Million in One Full Tilt Bank Account

But No Date for Repaying US Players Has Been Set 

By Lou Krieger and Shari Geller

According to a report in eGaming Review, the US Department of Justice has unfrozen one bank account belonging to Full Tilt Poker (FTP), freeing up approximately $30 million owed to US players, but a firm date for repaying money to US players has not been set.

The unfrozen account, housed in the Bank of Ireland, is one of nine frozen in Ireland.  A total of 76 accounts belonging to the three indicted poker sites were named in the Black Friday indictments of April 15.

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DoylesRoom Among 10 More Dot-Coms Seized by Feds

By Shari Geller and Lou Krieger was among 10 dot-com domains seized according to a May 23 statement issued by the US Attorney’s Office in Baltimore, MD.  As a result of an undercover investigation into illegal gambling and money laundering, those named in an indictment include Darren Wright and David Parchomchuk of ThrillX, a Canadian software solutions provider, and Ann Marie Puig of BMX Entertainment, which is based in Cyprus and operates six online-gambling websites.

Eleven bank accounts registered in such diverse locations as Guam, North Carolina, Malta, Panama, Portugal and the Netherlands were also seized.   

The seized domains are:

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Payment Processor Pleads Guilty to Federal Indictment

By Shari Geller and Lou Krieger

The indictments handed down by the Department of Justice against three online poker companies and their payment processors are just over a month old, and yet word comes out of New York tonight that the first of the eleven named defendants has already entered a guilty plea.

According to the Associated Press, Bradley Franzen pleaded guilty in a Manhattan court on Monday to conspiracy to commit bank fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and accepting funds in connection with illegal internet gambling.   This information came to AP from Preet Bharara, the US attorney for the Southern District of New York, the lead prosecutor on the case.

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Book Review: Mastering Omaha/8 Poker


Like most poker players, I am far more familiar with and comfortable playing Texas hold’em than any of the other poker variations. But, unfortunately, most of my opponents at the table are equally skilled in the game. But what if there were a poker game that, if you learned its unique complexity and nuances, you could become better at than most of the people you played against? That is the simple, yet intriguing, proposition behind the new book Mastering Omaha/8 Poker (2011, ConJelCo) written by Mark Tenner and Lou Krieger.


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Full Tilt Poker Still Unable to Guarantee Paybacks

By Shari Geller and Lou Krieger

With Pokerstars players reporting return of their deposits over the past two weeks, those who have money at Full Tilt Poker have been waiting for their returns to start coming in.  Instead, one month after the DOJ handed down the indictments that closed Full Tilt to US players, those players are no closer to seeing any of their money.

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Absolute Poker/UB Reach Repayment Agreement With Feds

By Lou Krieger and Shari Geller

May 10, 2011—Absolute Poker and UB issued a statement earlier today stating that they reached agreement with the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York in which the US Attorney’s Office agreed to provide all necessary assurances that third parties may work with Absolute Poker to facilitate the return of funds, currently held by third party processors, to players located in the US. This provision is an important step toward returning US player funds.

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Absolute Poker/UB Fires all US-based Sponsored Pros

By Shari Geller and Lou Krieger

Last Friday, Costa Rican officials with the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) conducted a raid on the offices of Absolute Poker and UB, two of the online poker sites under indictment by federal authorities in the U.S. for money laundering, bank and wire fraud and illegal gambling activity.  This followed word that the Blanca Games Inc. (“Blanca”), parent company of Absolute/UB, would have to file for bankruptcy.  Today, not surprisingly, Blanca announced that all U.S. sponsored pros would have their contracts terminated.

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Costa Rican Police Raid the Offices of Absolute Poker

By Shari Geller and Lou Krieger

Police in Costa Rica raided the offices of Absolute Poker/UB this morning.  Agents with the Organismo Investigacion Judicial (OIJ), their version of the Department of Justice, armed with a search warrants, hit at least six separate locations including residential homes as well as the offices of persons associated with the poker companies. 

The police action follows the indictments brought by the Justice Department last month against Absolute Poker and two other online poker sites for money laundering, bank and wire fraud, and illegal gambling.  

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Absolute Poker to Enter Bankruptcy; Return of Player Deposits is Doubtful

By Lou Krieger and Shari Geller

MSNBC reported last night that Absolute Poker/UB will enter bankruptcy.  This action leaves players who have funds currently on deposit with Absolute and UB twisting in the wind, with no assurance they will ever have access to their money.  

Madeira Fjord, a Norwegian company that represents shareholders in Blanca Gaming of Antigua, the parent company of AP/UB, told them that the company had “no cash on hand and no prospects for any cash flow for the foreseeable future.” Blanca Gaming stated that, “it is currently unable to make any payments toward its debt obligations.”

MSNBC reported that a source in Costa Rica—where Absolute Poker and UB have their operations center—told them that more than 300 customer support and marketing employees, approximately 95 percent of the staff, were laid off.

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ESPN to Air Live Coverage of the WSOP Main Event

By Shari Geller

You no longer have to wait months to see the action from this year’s World Series of Poker.  The WSOP announced today that ESPN will be presenting new and extended coverage of the Main Event, including the use of hole card cameras in a nightly, nearly-live TV broadcast. 

“For six consecutive days, July 14-19, ESPN will offer unprecedented access to the 2011 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event, including ‘live’ unedited hole cards on a 30-minute delay and more than 32 additional hours of coverage in high definition on ESPN, ESPN2 and from the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas Nevada,” read the official statement.

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