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Old 04-15-2011, 02:28 PM   #1
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US DOJ Indicts FTP, Stars, AP/UB (Stars starts processing US cashouts; AP/UB agreement w/ DOJ)

A press release from the Department of Justice:

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nys/pres...dictmentpr.pdf
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Old 04-15-2011, 02:56 PM   #2
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Re: US DOJ Indicts FTP, Stars and Absolute executives, bank execs: money laundering, fraud, etc

Mainstream stories on indictments:

http://www.foxbusiness.com/technolog...e-poker-sites/

http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news...ed-1338941.php

http://online.wsj.com/article/APdc70...78d7af4e7.html
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Re: US DOJ Indicts FTP, Stars and Absolute executives, bank execs: money laundering, fraud, etc

The full DOJ indictment:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/53107543/I...itar-Tom-et-al
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Old 04-15-2011, 07:50 PM   #4
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Re: US DOJ Indicts FTP, Stars and Absolute executives, bank execs: money laundering, fraud, etc

The Wynn/PokerStars and Fertitta Brothers/FTP deals are now dead, details to be added soon at:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...852516194.html
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Re: US DOJ Indicts FTP, Stars and Absolute executives, bank execs: money laundering, fraud, etc

Statement from Ray Bitar:

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Dublin Ireland (April 15, 2011)- Full Tilt Poker is saddened by today's charges against its CEO Raymond Bitar and offers its full support to Mr. Bitar and Nelson Burtnick.



Online poker is a game of skill enjoyed by tens of millions of people in the United States and across the world. And, Full Tilt Poker remains as committed as ever to preserving the rights of those players to play the game they love online.


Mr. Bitar and Full Tilt Poker believe online poker is legal - a position also taken by some of the best legal minds in the United States. Full Tilt Poker is, and has always been committed to preserving the integrity of the game and abiding by the law.



"I am surprised and disappointed by the government's decision to bring these charges. I look forward to Mr. Burtnick's and my exoneration," said Mr. Bitar.

Unfortunately, as a result of this action, Full Tilt Poker has decided that it must suspend "real money" play in the United States until this case is resolved. However, Full Tilt Poker will continue to provide peer-to-peer online poker services outside of the United States.
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Old 04-15-2011, 11:13 PM   #6
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January article from the Salt Lake Tribune involving Chad Elie, one of the indicted individuals:

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/5...first.html.csp

Articles on Dan Tzvetkoff:

http://www.businessinsider.com/boy-g...scandal-2011-4

http://www.smh.com.au/technology/tec...416-1difk.html
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Old 04-16-2011, 10:24 AM   #9
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More mainstream coverage:

ABC News

CBS News

CNN.com
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Poker programming affected by the indictments:

http://news.bluffmagazine.com/fallou...content-20164/
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Old 04-16-2011, 05:10 PM   #11
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Re: US DOJ Indicts FTP, Stars and Absolute executives, bank execs: money laundering, fraud, etc

PPA Announcement:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMR_DbJLwyk
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Old 04-16-2011, 05:35 PM   #12
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Former US attorney calls for state and federal probe into PokerStars activities in Nevada:
http://www.lvrj.com/news/lawmaker-cr...119982789.html

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Re: US DOJ Indicts FTP, Stars and Absolute executives, bank execs: money laundering, fraud, etc

PokerStars has been calling players:

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PokerStars gave me a call today. Not a whole lot of new information but figured I would share what I was told. I was told they are calling all players to relay this information.

1) They again reassured me that player's funds are safe.

2) They plan to have more information to give us on Monday or Tuesday.

3) I asked them if I made a foreign bank account if that would help me retrieve the funds more quickly. They told me it was their general policy that you can't cash out anywhere but the country you reside in but given the special circumstances that new options may be made available.
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Old 04-16-2011, 11:01 PM   #14
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Re: US DOJ Indicts FTP, Stars and Absolute executives, bank execs: money laundering, fraud, etc

The civil complaint filed against Absolute, Stars, and Full Tilt:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/53170382/D...ivil-Complaint
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Re: US DOJ Indicts FTP, Stars and Absolute executives, bank execs: money laundering, fraud, etc

Threads from Poker Legislation:

https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/57...dated-1020623/

*** Official "Time to Fight Back" Thread ***
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Old 04-17-2011, 04:07 AM   #16
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Quad Jacks live streaming, going into day 2:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/day-2-qj-live-show
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Links from Sunday:

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/poker...ary&id=6372121

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2011...ud-legislativ/

http://biggovernment.com/lmeyers/201...ing-poker-ban/

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Re: US DOJ Indicts FTP, Stars and Absolute executives, bank execs: money laundering, fraud, etc

The PPA wants to hear your story:

https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/57...hread-1022380/
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Old 04-18-2011, 07:06 PM   #20
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A breakdown of the indictments, from Legislation:

https://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/41...-tilt-1021636/
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Old 04-19-2011, 01:32 AM   #21
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Re: US DOJ Indicts FTP, Stars and Absolute executives, bank execs: money laundering, fraud, etc

PPA's John Pappas appears on Bloomberg TV

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gFT2bOep1k&
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Obama Townhall meeting on Facebook Wednesday:

www.facebook.com/WhiteHouse

http://www.whitehouse.gov/facebooktownhall
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Old 04-19-2011, 04:45 PM   #23
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Advisory notice from Kahnawake Gaming Commission:

http://www.gamingcommission.ca/news/pr04192011a.pdf

Isle of Man statement:

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Following developments on Friday 15th April, the Commission is aware of documentation issued by authorities in the USA which makes allegations against PokerStars and some of its personnel. While we are discussing the matter on an ongoing basis with PokerStars and watching developments, we can confirm that PokerStars’ licensing status in the Isle of Man remains unchanged.

We are aware that PokerStars have suspended the availability of cash-play games in the USA and we are currently endeavouring to ensure that any player who wishes to withdraw money from their account can do so.
For people having trouble using Full Tilt Poker:

1. Go to www.fulltiltpoker.co.uk
2. Download software
3. Install
4. Players should be able to log in to FTP, but unable to play in the US

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Old 04-20-2011, 09:42 AM   #25
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Re: US DOJ Indicts FTP, Stars and Absolute executives, bank execs: money laundering, fraud, etc

Additional Link from boohaa12

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FORMER Brisbane IT tycoon Daniel Tzvetkoff kept the names, bank details and addresses of up to 500,000 customers of online poker websites now at the centre of a US money-laundering sting.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/busine...-1226042454440
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