PokerStars Responds to No USA Play

April 18, 2011

Now that PokerStars has had to reject their USA players and has lost about 35% of their player base, they’ve re-routed their traffic through since the FBI took over the domain.

Click here to find online poker sites that still accept USA players.

PokerStars issued a statement that reads, “As you may have heard, we have had to suspend real money poker services to people based in the U.S. due to legal developments there. The developments are confined to the U.S. and do not have any impact on your ability to continue using our services. Please be assured player balances are safe. There is no cause for concern. For all customers outside the U.S. it is business as usual.”

But this doesn’t really address the USA players who have their cash tied up in their online account at PokerStars. Presently, PokerStars players have reported trouble withdrawing cash from their player accounts. In fact, Tom “durrrr” Dwan tweeted in defense of the poker sites: “I’d guess ftp/stars is worth more than 93c on the $ (almost 100% u get paid but could take 2-3 mnths n worst case more).”

So far, the FBI has put a freeze on 76 total accounts if you combine the three sites. Furthermore, they are demanding $3 billion in penalties and fines.

PokerStars’ statement reassures players who have not been able to cash out: “Please be aware that we are currently experiencing a very high volume of emails, so our response times are delayed. We will answer player emails as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.”

So for the time being, USA poker players should find a new online poker site to play at and hope that Dwan is right in saying that all player funds will be refunded.


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