...in a 51-page indictment filed in federal court in Manhattan, federal prosecutors allege that PokerStars, Fullt Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker, “used fraudulent methods to avoid restrictions and to receive billions of dollars from United States residents who gambled.” The indictment largely focuses on financial transactions, claiming the online poker companies violated a 2006 law (UGIEA) that Congress passed to cut off the flow of cash to online gambling companies, saying the firms “deceived or directed others to deceive United States banks and financial institutions into processing billions of dollars in payments.”
Just a note here, the title of this thread is a little misleading.
They (the poker rooms) have not been seized, they are outside US Justice Dept. Control.
However... This may have something to to do with the disappearance of E-check.
It wouldn't surprise me if there was huge fallout for casinos in the US market. If all the processors get seized no one is going to get any money.
If you are a US player with money in casinos I suggest you think about getting it out asap.
Sure enough, pokerstars in the US now resolves to 22.214.171.124 ...a page with DOJ seals and some heavy-sounding warnings on it.
The Feds seized the domain name. Oddly, or not, if you access pokerstars' real IP address, 126.96.36.199, from a server in the states, it redirects to the DOJ. Possibly because PS' front page itself rewrites the header from the numerical IP address to 'pokerstars.com'. I wonder if this has any effect at all on using the download client from the US. Maybe not?
I logged in to PS, was the normal site. But, when I tried to cash out, a page popped up for a spit second and then nothing.........dang and dog!