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UIGEA



A few years ago, the UIGEA was introduced and the online poker world was never the same. Although the UIGEA didn't have the impact that US lawmakers desired, it still did have a dramatic impact on the world of online poker. How did things change? Which companies were impacted? You will find the answers to those questions within this section.

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Chris "Jesus" Ferguson Settles Civil Case With DoJ

Chris "Jesus" Ferguson has officially come to terms with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) regarding his civil suit. Assuming that Ferguson fulfills his end of the terms outl...

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Howard Lederer Settles With US Government

Howard Lederer has settled his civil suit with the US government.

According to the settlement (see link below), which was signed by Judge Kimba M. Wood on Dece...

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Pokerstars, Full Tilt Poker Enter Into Settlement With US Government

"Black Friday". June 29th. The Phil Ivey lawsuit. The Groupe Bernard Tapie deal.

All of that is behind the poker community now, as Pokerstars and Full Tilt Pok...

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The Wait Continues

Monday came and went without an announcement regarding the fate of the rumored Pokerstars/Full Tilt Poker/Department of Justice deal.

US players have been wait...

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Pokerstars/Full Tilt Poker Announcement This Monday?

Is the Full Tilt Poker saga finally about to end?

It appeared earlier today that another Friday would pass without any news regarding the rumored Pokerstars/Ful...

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Ray Bitar Arrested By US Authorities

Ray Bitar, CEO of Full Tilt Poker, has been arrested by US law enforcement agents.

Bitar travelled to New York to voluntarily surrender and was reportedly arre...

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Groupe Bernard Tapie Withdraws AGCC License Application

Earlier today, the AGCC (Alderney Gambling Control Commission) announced that the Category 2 eGambling license application for Orinic Limited has been officially withdrawn.
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Sportingbet Looking to Re-Enter the US Market

Add Sportingbet to the growing list of companies that are interested in servicing an opening US market (if only one state for now).

According to the London Eve...

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New Year's News Update: The Latest on Full Tilt, Traffic Winners/Losers and More

2011 was the most chaotic year in the online poker industry since the UIGEA was passed into law in the fall of 2006. 2012 is set to be another interesting year, with Full Tilt...

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Will Groupe Bernard Tapie Sign "Final Agreement" This Week?

In early November, Laurent Tapie confirmed that a "tentative agreement" between Groupe Bernard Tapie and the US Department of Justice had been reached.

At the ...

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WSJ: Groupe Bernard Tapie Agreement with DoJ Close, Issues Remain

According to an article just posted on the Wall Street Journal's website, Groupe Bernard Tapie and the US Department of Justice have not yet completed a deal, but a settlement...

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Laurent Tapie: Final Agreement Should Be Signed by Mid-November

In an interview with Igamingfrance.com (link below), Laurent Tapie confirmed that a "tentative agreement" between Groupe Bernard Tapie and the US Department of Justice had bee...

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Groupe Bernard Tapie and DoJ Reportedly Reach Deal

According to a report from Subject: Poker (link below), Groupe Bernard Tapie and the US DoJ (Department of Justice) have reportedly "reached a deal in principle" regarding Ful...

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Bwin.Party Inks Deal with MGM Resorts International, Boyd Gaming

MGM Resorts International and Boyd Gaming announced earlier today that they are joining Bwin.party (home of Party Poker) to create a company should online gambling legislation...

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It's The Five Year Anniversary of the UIGEA

On October 13th, 2006, President George W. Bush signed the SAFE Port Act into law.

The SAFE Port Act "improved maritime and cargo security through enhanced laye...

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AGCC Revokes Three Full Tilt Poker Licenses

The last minute plea by Jeff Ifrah didn't work.

Earlier today, the AGCC (Alderney Gambling Control Commission) released a press statement in which they announc...

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The Full Tilt Poker Hearing Rolls On

It now appears that the AGCC (Alderney Gambling Control Commission) won't be rendering their decision re: Full Tilt Poker until early next week (at the earliest).


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Full Tilt Poker Hearing Concludes; Company Awaiting Decision from AGCC

The two day Full Tilt Poker hearing in London has reportedly come to an end. The company is now awaiting a decision from the AGCC (Alderney Gambling Control Commission).
...

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DoJ Alleges That Full Tilt Poker Was a Massive Ponzi Scheme

Earlier today, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) released an amended "Black Friday" civil complaint. Howard Lederer, Rafe Furst and Chris "Jesus" Ferguson were all added to t...

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Full Tilt Poker Hearing Set To Continue on Tuesday

It's now a little after 7:30 pm in London, which means that the first day of the Full Tilt Poker hearing has now drawn to a close.

Today's hearing was held "in...

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Resumption of Full Tilt Poker Hearing Just Hours Away

The AGCC (Alderney Gambling Control Commission) is set to resume the Full Tilt Poker hearing in just a few hours (9 am London time).

The hearing is set to be h...

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New Statements Released By Full Tilt Poker, AGCC

Earlier this morning, new statements were released by both Full Tilt Poker and the AGCC (Alderney Gambling Control Commission). Here they are:

First, the Full T...

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Full Tilt Poker Hearing Set to Resume on September 19th

According to the AGCC (Alderney Gambling Control Commission), the Full Tilt Poker hearing is set to resume on Monday, September 19th.

The hearing will take pla...

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Full Tilt Poker's Latest Update to US Players

Many people were expecting that Full Tilt Poker was going to drop some positive news this week regarding the status of payouts to US players. There were rumors of upcoming pos...

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Report: Department of Justice Unfreezes Single Full Tilt Poker Bank Account

Earlier today, Tony G had this to say on Twitter:

"Huge news on the FTP bank account in Ireland today. I rate 99.5% for USA players to be paid out. Some news mu...

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"A $60 Million Shortfall"

Earlier this week Bradley Franzen, who was one of the 11 people to be named in the "Black Friday" indictments, appeared in a Manhattan courtroom and pled guilty to a number of...

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Pokerstars: We've Returned $100 Million+ To US Players So Far

Pokerstars circulated a press release earlier today in which they revealed that they have returned over $100 million to their US customers over the past couple of weeks.

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UB/AP Announces Agreement with US DoJ

According to a press release that was circulated earlier today, AP/UB (now apparently just known as "Absolute Poker") has reached an agreement with the US government.
...

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More Waiting Lies Ahead for US Players on Full Tilt Poker

Nearly three weeks have passed since "Black Friday".

Pokerstars allowed their US players to start withdrawing their funds last week, and it seems as though thi...

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A Cereus Freefall

According to Pokerscout.com, the Cereus Network has lost an incredible 76% of their traffic since "Black Friday".

The three networks/sites that were negatively...

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FTOPS XX Main Event, "Ingenious89" Dominates in April and More

1. FTOPS XX Main Event.

With all of the craziness of the last two weeks, you might have forgotten that the FTOPS XX main event is taking place on Full Tilt Pok...

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Cashouts Start Rolling in for US-Based Players on Pokerstars

Earlier this week, a representative from Pokerstars appeared on TwoPlusTwo's "PokerCast" to announce that the site would begin processing cashouts for US-based players "very, ...

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Pokerstars, Full Tilt Poker Enter Into Agreement With Government; US Players To Get Their Money Back

Online poker players in the United States have had to deal with a great deal of bad news since "Black Friday" - finally, here is some good news.

The United Sta...

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"Black Friday" Fallout: Online Poker Traffic Down 23% From Last Week

Pokerscout.com (link below) has released their Weekly Online Poker Traffic Update which provides a very interesting look at the online poker industry post-"Black Friday".

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bwin.party, Others Soar in First Day of Trading After "Black Friday"

While many online poker players in the United States were trying to come to grips with the new post-"Black Friday" reality over the weekend, shareholders of companies such as ...

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The Shit Hits the Fan

Earlier today, US prosecutors dropped a nuclear bomb on the online poker world after announcing that they had charged the founders of Pokerstars, Full Tilt Poker and AP/UB wit...

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Online Gambling Foe Jon Kyl Set To Retire

Senator Jon Kyl announced earlier this week that he would not be seeking a fourth Senate term in 2012.

The 68 year-old Kyl revealed in a statement that "there ...

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ESPN: Harry Reid's Poker Bill Is "Officially Dead"

Despite the fact that the 111th Congress is still in session, ESPN.com Poker Editor Andrew Feldman is declaring that Harry Reid's online poker bill is "officially dead".

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The Week Ahead: It's Do or Die For Harry Reid's Online Poker Bill

With Congress expected to adjourn by the end of the week, online poker players in the United States should know by Friday at the latest whether or not they will be able to pla...

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Harry Reid's Online Poker Bill Down, But Not Yet Out

Thursday was another day of hand-wringing for US online poker players as the saga surrounding proposed legislation to legalize online poker in the United States continued to u...

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House Financial Services Committee Passes H.R. 2267

H.R. 2267: Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection, and Enforcement Act was approved by the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday in a 41-22 vote.
...

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Internet Gambling Hearing Set For Thursday, EPT Prague Update

1. Internet gambling hearing set for Thursday.

The House Financial Services Committee is set to discuss two internet gambling bills at a hearing set for Thursd...

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Treasury Department and Federal Reserve Agree to Extend UIGEA Compliance Date Until June 1, 2010

In case you missed the news while eating turkey and watching football this past Thanksgiving weekend, the Department of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve Board jointly anno...

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UIGEA Compliance Date Delayed Six Months?

According to various trusted news sources, the compliance date for the UIGEA (Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act) is expected to be pushed back six months.

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Barney Frank's Internet Gambling Bill Now Has 50 Co-Sponsors

According to a press release issued yesterday, Barney Frank's Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act (H.R. 2267) now has 50 co-sponsors in Congr...

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Barney Frank: Recent Fund Seizures Will "Help"

According to a recent Politico.com article (link below), Rep. Barney Frank believes that the recent seizure of $34 million dollars will only help to change the current online ...

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Barney Frank's Online Gambling Bill to Be Unveiled on Wednesday

According to a Reuters press release, U.S. Representative and House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank will be officially unveiling his long-awaited online gam...

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PartyGaming Agrees to Non-Prosecution Agreement with U.S. Authorities

PartyGaming CEO Jim Ryan announced in a conference call that his company has entered into an agreement with U.S. authorities.

Under the terms of the agreement, ...

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Barney Frank To Continue To Push For Online Gambling Legislation

If online gambling ever becomes licensed and regulated in the United States, then we all need to chip in and buy Barney Frank a really nice present.

Frank, who...

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Epassporte Officially Pulls Out of Poker Business

When we last left you, there was a great deal of confusion running throughout the online poker industry. According to various rumors, Epassporte had stopped servicing poker tr...

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Epassporte Shutting Down Their Service to Online Poker Players?

This story is still breaking, and we are still waiting for responses from the various poker rooms that we have emailed on this matter. We will update this page as we hear more...

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Tom "durrrr" Dwan, UIGEA Gets Ripped to Shreds and EPT San Remo

1. "durrrr". Tom "durrrr" Dwan is off to a blazing start in March on Full Tilt Poker. He is currently up over $720k in the first two days of March.

He h...

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Will a Presidential Candidate's Stance on Internet Gambling Sway Your Vote in November?

There are two things that are going to be upon us before you know it: the 2008 World Series of Poker (begins on May 30th) and the 2008 Presidential Election in the United Stat...

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Pokerstars Gives the Middle Finger to UIGEA and Online Poker Scandals, Sets Player Record

What a year 2007 has been. 2007 started out with nothing but doom and gloom as many people fretted about the future of the online poker industry post-UIGEA. Go back and read s...

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Harrah's Entry Into the Online Poker Market Will Quicken The Move Towards Regulated Online Poker in the United States

Earlier this week, Harrah's announced its intentions to enter the online poker arena. They have said that they are going to enter markets where there are "no gray areas", such...

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Barry Greenstein Reports Significant Progress in Battle to "Legalize" and Regulate Online Poker in the United States

If you listen to Barry Greenstein's blog on The Poker Road (link at the bottom of this article), and more specifically, listen to his October 25th 2007 entry entitled "Washing...

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Online Poker Takes a Licking But Keeps on Ticking

In terms of news flow, the last year or so has been absolutely disastrous for online poker.

First you had the UIGEA being snuck into the SAFE Port Act.
...

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So Party Poker Might Be Returning to the United States?

When you read the title of this article, you probably said to yourself, "Yeah right, stop teasing me."

When the first person that I trust in this industry told...

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Neteller Is Finally Paying People

This is the day that many people have been waiting for.

After months and months of agonizing, Neteller is finally starting to distribute long frozen funds.

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More Neteller News - Another Reason to Be Encouraged

For all of the people who have money frozen in Neteller, you are probably getting used to the rollercoaster of both good and bad news. One day you think that Neteller will soo...

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Neteller: Show Me the Money

Had your money locked up in Neteller for what seems like an eternity now? Tired of constantly getting your hopes up, only to be told by Neteller that the process for distribut...

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July 13th is the Next Important Day for US Neteller Account Holders

On July 13th, 2007, according to my sources, Neteller will announce to US account holders the process in which they will be able to disperse of frozen funds. For USA residents...

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Now 888 Holdings Is Talking to the Feds

First Partygaming announced that they were going to be voluntarily talking to the US Department of Justice regarding their online gaming activities in the US prior to the pass...

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PartyGaming Talking to the Feds: What Does It Mean for You?

Partypoker released a statement today, saying that they were voluntarily talking with the USAO for the Southern District of New York. It is not known exactly what they are tal...

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U.S. Neteller Account Holders to Get Their Money Back

This day has been long overdue, and any American Neteller account holders that have had their money held hostage for many months can finally breath a sigh of relief, as it loo...

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So Far, So Bad: Gambling Bill a Huge Failure So Far

The UIGEA was supposed to crush online gambling. By choking off the methods using to fund online casino and online poker accounts, it was presumed that American players would ...

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Is the End Near for Neteller?

Now the last thing we would ever want to do is start a panic. However, if you still have money inside of Neteller, and you have the ability to get it out, then you need to car...

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Your Comprehensive Neteller Update for April 22nd, 2007

If you are reading this article, then you are probably in one of two groups of people. You are either:


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The Deadline for the UIGEA To be Implemented is Approaching

Remember when George Bush signed the UIGEA into law on October 13th, 2006? Well at the time, there was going to be 270 days for the Justice Department to come up with a set of...

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Good News For US Neteller Account Holders

After months and months of seemingly bad news, US Neteller account holders finally saw a ray of sunshine, and it now appears certain that they will all get their money back. <...

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