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US Breaking News?
Dennis Boyko, PokerPulse
June 10, 2009 (version 0.5)

PartyPartners Comment on US Breaking News
e-mail June 11, 2009

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Despite a flurry of criticisms in its wake, the PokerPulse Safe Bets heads-up was correct.
New York Times Web’s Poker Winners Face Delays in Collecting, By Matt Richtel June 9/09

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Opening a new front in the government’s battle against Internet gambling, federal prosecutors have asked four American banks to freeze tens of millions of dollars in payments owed to people who play poker online. The frozen payments of at least $33 million are owed to 27,000 players at four offshore poker sites, including PokerStars.com and FullTiltPoker.com, according to John Pappas, the executive director of the Poker Players Alliance, an advocacy group for online poker players.

Mr. Pappas said prosecutors in the last two weeks have asked Citibank, Wells Fargo and two smaller banks to freeze funds in accounts belonging to two companies, Allied Systems and Account Services, that process payouts on behalf of the poker sites.

The government action came to light over the weekend after checks issued to poker players by the two companies began bouncing, Mr. Pappas said. He said that the online casinos had assured him that they planned to pay players what they were owed.

Yusill Scribner, a spokeswoman for the office of the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, which is bringing the legal action, declined to comment.

Stephen Cohen, a spokesman at Citibank, a unit of Citigroup, confirmed that the bank had received a request from prosecutors. He said that as a matter of policy Citibank complies with such requests. Wells Fargo, which received a court order to freeze the money, said it had a policy to comply with “valid instructions to seize funds” but declined further comment. It is not clear whether the other banks received court orders or simply requests. ... In a letter to one of the smaller banks involved, Alliance Bank of Arizona, prosecutors said the funds in question “constitute property involved in money laundering transactions and illegal gambling offenses.” ...

A. Jeff Ifrah, a lawyer representing Account Services, which has offices in San Diego and Canada, said that his client charged a small fee to issue checks to poker players. Mr. Ifrah said that, to his knowledge, the government “has never seized an account that belongs to players who are engaged in what I would contend is a lawful act of playing peer-to-peer poker online.”

PokerStars, FullTilt Poker, and like rooms are Unsafe Any Country Any Time.

Since the passage of UIGEA, PokerPulse has warned of the risks to online poker players using sites like PokerStars, FullTilt Poker and the other sites accepting US players. Although PokerStars has apparently fully refunded the money players have lost, and why wouldn't they since the amount involved is much less than their profits for a single day of operation, PokerPulse continues its warning that PokerStars, FullTilt Poker and like online poker rooms are unsafe in ANY COUNTRY at any TIME.

Why?

DOJ can just as easily seize the off-shore bank accounts holding poker room player deposits as DOJ seized accounts in New York. From the DOJ perspective, the online poker rooms accepting U.S. players are in clear violation of U.S. law -- read the plea bargin between DOJ and PartyGaming/Mr. Dikshit. So, clearly PokerStars, who continue to operate openly since passage of UIGEA will continue to be a target. Bank accounts have transfer trails so DOJ working their magic from New York banks back to larger off-shore accounts isn't a stretch. Although players outside of the U.S. would be unlikely to lose money, they could have their money tied up in a frozen bank account for an extended period of time. Remember Neteller and Bet On Sports?

Also, the players from other countries who's funds are being could end up on the short side of a frozen account after DOJ extracts its fines and tax penalties on the rouge off-shore poker sites. Who do you think will have priority to frozen funds? DOJ or a player in a foreign country?

PokerPulse is in favor of a regulated U.S. market setup in compliance with WTO agreements. As a result, PokerPulse only provides sign-up links to sites that have never taken US players such as Everest Poker and PartyPoker which has resolved DOJ issues.

If you are a U.S. player then, I strongly suggest you work with your state senators to support Barney Frank's bill. Regulation is the only safe and reasonable way.
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