By Ian Hiaring, Rakeback.com Poker News Staff Writer
Earlier this week Full Tilt Poker was granted a renewal of its Secondary Client Provider Authorization (CPA) in the jurisdiction of Kahnawake. Full Tilt’s Alderney and French licenses remain suspended for now though, and the company is still unable to serve not only U.S. online players, but players across the globe as well.
The Kahnawake Gaming Commission is the regulatory entity for the Mohawk territory which is based in Canada. The KGC released a statement earlier this week which read:
“To maintain a Secondary CPA, a licensee must maintain a valid licence to operate interactive gaming that has been issued by a comparable jurisdiction (the “primary jurisdiction”). Accordingly, the Commission is closely monitoring the proceedings being conducted by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (the “AGCC”) concerning the eGambling Licences held by Filco Limited, operating as “Full Tilt Poker”. The AGCC has confirmed to the Commission that, although the eGambling Licences held by Filco Limited are presently suspended pending the outcome of a hearing, these licences are still considered to be valid.”
What does this mean for the future of Full Tilt Poker? We’re not sure, but there isn’t a license in the world that is meaningful as long as Full Tilt Poker continues to be unable to cash out U.S. (and worldwide for that matter) balances to players who want their money off the site.
It’s becoming clearer every day that the whole licensing (and secondary licensing) part of online poker needs to be regulated at the (gulp) government level in the United States.
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