Full Tilt Poker Closed Globally

June 29, 2011

Unfortunately for Full Tilt Poker players, all Full Tilt Poker operations have been suspended indefinitely, and not by the FBI this time, but by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC). According to a statement issued by the AGCC, by violating US laws regarding Internet gambling, Full Tilt Poker in turn violated their own licensing agreements with Alderney.

The AGCC statement reads: “The decision to suspend these licenses follows a special investigation prompted by the indictments unsealed by US Attorney General’s Office in the Southern District of New York on 15th April 2011, during which grounds were found to indicate that these licensees and their business associates were operating contrary to Alderney legislation.”

So early this morning, all online poker on Full Tilt Poker’s virtual tables came to an abrupt halt, which means even more players, now global, will be without their bankroll, as all operations have been suspended, including account withdrawals. According to the statement, “The nature of the findings necessitated the taking of immediate action in the public interest.”

Until a decision has been made (no court date has been set), Full Tilt Poker can no longer accept new players, take deposits from any players, cash out any player accounts, nor allow any poker or gambling activity to take place through their site. So they are pretty much out of business for now.

Full Tilt Poker has had nothing to say about any of this all day other than a message on their site that reads, “Scheduled Maintenance In Progress – The system is currently down for maintenance. Please check back soon!”

Isle of Man Gaming Commission and PokerStars did make a statement though, reassuring all PokerStars players that the Isle of Man district is separate from Alderney, and PokerStars is in accordance with all licensing agreements, which means player funds are safe over at PokerStars.


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