The poker world is in shock this morning after US federal authorities charged 11 people on Friday – including the owners of PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker – with bank fraud, illegal gambling offences and money laundering.
Restraining orders against more than 75 bank accounts used by the poker companies have been issued, as well as five domain names associated with the companies (including that of Absolute Poker’s sister company Ultimate Bet). Friday 15 April is already being referred to as “Black Friday” by the online poker community.
The 11 individuals named in the indictment are Isai Scheinberg and Paul Tate (PokerStars), Raymond Bitar and Nelson Burtnick (Full Tilt) and Brent Beckley and Scott Tom (Absolute Poker), as well as five individuals allegedly responsible for the processing of financial transactions: John Campos, Chad Elie, Ira Rubin, Ryan Land and Bradley Franzen.
Quelle: Pokerstars, Full Tilt & Absolute Poker shut down by FBI © 2011 gamblingonlinemagazine.com
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