Amerikaanse regering laat domeinnamen Full Tilt Poker en PokerStars weer toe
Tot opluchting van alle Amerikaanse spelers heeft de regering van de Verenigde Staten besloten om de sites PokerStars.com en Full Tilt Poker.com weer toe te laten. Vrijdag 15 april, op "Black Friday", werd de pokerwereld geshockeerd met de meldingen dat de domeinnamen van deze sites niet meer bereikbaar waren. Dit kwam doordat de FBI deze sites in beslag had genomen wegens de aanklachten tegen elf individuen uit de pokerwereld.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney PREET BHARARA vertelt het volgende: "On April 15th, this Office and the FBI took specific legal action against 11 individuals who allegedly engaged not merely in the operation of illegal gambling businesses, but in massive wire fraud, bank fraud, and money laundering, despite repeated warnings and clear notice that their conduct was illegal in the United States. No individual player accounts were ever frozen or restrained, and each implicated poker company has at all times been free to reimburse any player's deposited funds. In fact, this Office expects the companies to return the money that U.S. players entrusted to them, and we will work with the poker companies to facilitate the return of funds to players, as today’s agreements with PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker demonstrate."
Voor de Amerikaanse pokerspelers is dit eindelijk een goed nieuws na de zwarte vrijdag die zij beleefden. Ook Full Tilt Poker kwam meteen met een persbericht naar buiten en zij wisten het volgende te melden:
"Although players in the United States will not be permitted to engage in real-money play, the agreement expressly allows for real-money play outside of the United States. In addition, the agreement represents an important first step towards returning funds to U.S. players because it allows Full Tilt Poker to utilize its domain to facilitate the withdrawal of player funds. But, unfortunately, there remain significant practical and legal impediments to returning funds to players in the immediate future. As a result of the recent enforcement action, there exists no authorized U.S. payment channel through which to make refunds; Full Tilt Poker has no accounting of the millions of dollars of player funds that were seized by the government; and the government has not agreed to permit any of the seized player funds to be returned to the players.
"Finally, there are numerous legal and jurisdictional issues that must be considered before poker winnings can be paid out to players throughout the United States. While Full Tilt Poker continues to believe that online poker is not illegal under federal law or in 49 states, the indictment and civil forfeiture action filed last Friday require Full Tilt Poker to proceed with caution in this area."
"Notwithstanding these issues, Full Tilt Poker is ready to work diligently with the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York to try and resolve these issues and to get players their money back as soon as possible."
PokerStars kwam niet veel later ook naar buiten met een persbericht:
"PokerStars is pleased to confirm that the US Department of Justice has agreed to release the www.pokerstars.com domain name for use by PokerStars outside the US. The company categorically denies the allegations brought by the US Department of Justice on 15th April 2011 and is taking all steps necessary to robustly defend itself, and the two named individuals. Meanwhile, the company has stopped offering real money poker services in the United States.
PokerStars' services outside the US are not affected. The Company has received assurance from the Isle of Man regulator that its licence status is unchanged. The company remains compliant with all of its other international licences.
Following discussions with the US Department of Justice, PokerStars has now entered into an Agreement which has been publicly filed. The US Department of Justice Agreement expressly states that the domain name can be used by PokerStars outside the US to facilitate the provision of real money poker services, and that PokerStars can pay out player balances to its former customers in the US.
Returning US players' funds is a top priority for PokerStars and the company can now start the process of returning money to its former US customers.
All PokerStars player deposits are completely safe. The Isle of Man's strict licensing laws (similar to other jurisdictions where PokerStars holds licences) require all funds to be held in accounts that are segregated from company assets. PokerStars has always complied with this requirement and continues to do so. This money is readily available to meet withdrawal demands, indeed the company continues to comply with withdrawal requests from players based outside the US as normal.
Outside the US PokerStars continues to operate business as usual."
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