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Absolute Poker & UB Issue Joint Press Release on U.S. DOJ Charges

By Scott Carlson, Rakeback.com Poker News Senior Writer

Late Thursday Absolute Poker and UB issued a statement regarding the charges brought against the owners of the company by the U.S. Department of Justice. The statement in it's entierty is noted below.

Absolute Poker Issues Statement on Recent DOJ Action

ST. JOHN'S, ANTIGUA and BARBUDA--(Marketwire - Apr 21, 2011) - Absolute Poker, including the UB (formerly Ultimate Bet) brand, hereafter "Absolute Poker," issued the following statement today:

"Absolute Poker has retained Blank Rome LLP as United States counsel to provide legal advice in relation to civil and criminal matters filed in federal court in Manhattan and made public on April 15, 2011. Absolute Poker is aware that on April 19, 2011, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York entered into separate agreements with FullTilt Poker and PokerStars. These agreements concern the use of the respective www.fulltiltpoker.com and www.pokerstars.com domain names. The US Attorney, in a press release dated April 20, 2011, stated that the government is willing to enter the same agreement with Absolute Poker and UB."

"At this time, Absolute Poker's top priority is, and must be, the refund of balances to its and UB's US players. However, given the far-reaching consequences of the US Attorney's actions for Absolute Poker and for the entire poker community, Absolute Poker believes that the responsible course of action is to review with its attorneys the relevant court filings before taking any action."

"Absolute Poker believes that the US Attorney shares the view that refunds to US players are an immediate and pressing concern, and Absolute Poker wishes to make clear that it wants to work cooperatively with the US Attorney to safely and efficiently return its players' funds. To that end, Absolute Poker's counsel has initiated communications with the US Attorney's office and plans to continue proactively advancing those discussions."

"Further information and timely updates will be provided to Absolute Poker/UB's players as we move forward."

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The U.S. Department of Justice indicated in their press release on Wednesday that the offer agreed upon with PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker is also available to Absolute Poker / UB.

When Absoute Poker / UB makes any further comments we will update this story


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