FullTilt Poker Shut Down by FBI

April 16, 2011

The good news is that there are still online poker rooms that do accept USA players. These are smaller poker sites, thus, they are not in the line of fire from the FBI, but satisfactory online poker websites, all the same. You can find information about trusted online poker sites that accept US players here. If you are a US poker player who has suddenly been thwarted by Full Tilt Poker, you are not alone. Fortunately, though, you can still play online poker.

Full Tilt Poker domain, so that no US players could access the site. A very unfriendly warning from the Federal Bureau of Investigation stated that the website had been seized by the FBI for “conducting, financing, managing, supervising, directing, or owning all or part of an illegal gambling business” as a federal crime.

It further stated that it was unlawful for people “engaged in the business of betting or wagering” to “knowingly accept in connection with the participation of another person in unlawful Internet gambling, credit, electronic fund transfers, or checks.” This is actually referring to the UIGEA, which prohibits banks and financial institutions from transferring monies over the Internet for the purpose of online gambling.

Since the UIGEA was passed back in 2006, it has been mainly ignored by most online poker sites, save Party Poker and some others that shut their doors to US players immediately. However, the bill was to go into effect this year, so the FBI has been waiting for their chance to pounce on the four biggest online poker sites in the business, FullTilt Poker being one of them, and yesterday happened to be that day.

This is not the end of the road for US poker. In fact, there are many other online poker sites that accept US players right now.


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