Southern District of New York – U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) on April, 15th 2011 seized five web domain names used by Absolute Poker, PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker to conduct illegal gaming activities in the United States.
If you attempt to go to one of the websites operated by one of these Poker Companies you will find the screen shot show here in this article.
One might ask why this has happened, here is the only reason the government needed to make this happen, on October 13, 2006, the United States enacted the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (“UIGEA"), making it a federal crime for gambling businesses to “knowingly accept" most forms of payment “in connection with the participation of another person in unlawful Internet gambling." Despite the passage of UIGEA, the Poker Companies located offshore, continued operating in the United States.
The five domain names that are affected by this seizure are: absolutepoker.com, pokerstars.com, Ultimatebet.com, UB.com and Fulltiltpoker.com. Despite this it appears that these giants and not going away very easily as will be explain in our follow up article.