Friday's crackdown on Stars, Full Tilt and UB caught the entire industry off guard. Domains were seized, arrests were made, partnerships with traditional casinos were cancelled, and in the end, US cash players were locked out with their bankrolls unavailable due to the freezing of funds at over 75 payment processors. Stars & FT have both released official statements, with Stars now moving to Pokerstars.eu and FT to FullTiltPoker.co.uk. Ultimate Bet / Absolute just switched to .eu, but we are awaiting an official statement from them. Sources say they're allowing existing U.S. customers play, but no deposits or withdrawals are permitted.
So, what's next for online players in the US and Worldwide?
Players from the U.S.
The U.S. Department of Justice is taking a heavy stance on this matter, as bank fraud is an extraditable offence and international law enforcement has been contacted for assistance. Assume that U.S. cash play on any of the indicted sites to be all but over. So where can U.S. players play online poker?
Of the remaining networks accepting US real money players, Merge Network is currently the front runner with 30% more cash players online ...Continue Reading