PokerStars and Full Tilt Speak Up About Legal Charges

05/27/2011
By Pamela PattersonGoogle

 

In response to the United States federal clean-up of online gaming sites, PokerStars and Full Tilt have released statements.  UB.com and Absolute Poker have refused to comment on the crack-down.

 

The following statement was issued to the visitors and clients of PokerStars via pop-up on its sight revealing suspension of real-money play in the United States: 

 

"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." 

 

The statement revealed that in order to correlate with new U.S. regulation, the web address of PokerStars has been changed to Pokerstars.eu.

 

The statement released by Full Tilt was somewhat different to say the least.  The company did not mention any information regarding the suspension of real-money play for its U.S. Players.  On the contrary, the statement expressed support for its indicted executives. 

 

The statement read:  "Full Tilt Poker is saddened by the charges against its CEO Raymond Bitar and offers its full support to Mr. Bitar and Nelson Burtnick." 

"Online poker is a game of skill enjoyed by tens of millions of people in the United States & across the world. And, Full Tilt Poker remains as committed as ever to preserving the rights of those players to play the game they love online. 

Mr. Bitar and Full Tilt Poker believe online poker is legal, a position also taken by some of the best legal minds in the United States. Full Tilt Poker is, and has always been committed to preserving the integrity of the game and abiding by the law." 

Bitar comments: "I am surprised & disappointed by the government's decision to bring these charges. I look forward to Mr. Burtnick's and my exoneration."

 

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