Major Online Poker Domains Seized (UPDATE)
By Matt Kaufman, Rakeback.com Poker News Staff Writer
The Manhattan U.S. Attorneys Office has charged the principals of Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars and Absolute Poker with bank fraud, illegal gambling offenses and money laundering.
Isai Scheinberg and Paul Tate of PokerStars, Ray Bitar and Nelson Burtnick of Full Tilt Poker and Scott Tom and Brent Beckley of Absolute Poker are amongst the parties charged.
All charges are related to the operation of gambling businesses or to the fraudulent processing of payments. Nearly all directly cite the UIGIEA within the charge.
Update: 4/15 15:52 ET – U.S. players are currently banned from paying online cash games and real money tournaments at PokerStars
Update: 4/15 20:45 ET – Full Tilt will be denying U.S. players from real money games any minute now.
Update: 4/16 02:45 ET – Full Tilt no longer available for U.S. real money players.
The details of the charges, directly from the official release, are as follows:
We will keep you updated as further details are released.