Full Tilt Changes Site To www.fulltiltpoker.co.uk (Full Tilt Poker UK)April 19, 2011 3:59 pm
In the wake of ‘Black Friday’ when the FBI finally pulled the plug on Full Tilt’s US operation, the poker room automatically switched over its address to new domain fulltiltpoker.co.uk.
Now, a visit to the site’s old address at FullTiltPoker.com will yield the following message:
“This domain name has been seized by the F.B.I. pursuant to an Arrest Warrant in Rem obtained by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and issued by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.”
The statement then goes on to level various charges against the site before accusing it of being an illegal gambling business.
Following the move, Full Tilt then issued a statement which read:
“Unfortunately, as a result of this action, Full Tilt Poker has decided that it must suspend “real money” play in the United States until this case is resolved. However, Full Tilt Poker will continue to provide peer-to-peer online poker services outside of the United States.”
However, despite it now being business as usual for the rest of the world at the new address of www.fulltiltpoker.co.uk, in the US online poker players are currently in a state of disbelief.
As well as Full Tilt, the online poker rooms PokerStars, Absolute Poker and UltimateBet also had their domain names commandeered and now many players are concerned as to the fate of their online accounts held at these sites.
Whereas outside of the USA players can pretty much play, deposit and withdraw the same way as before, in the ‘Land Of The Free’ their cash-out status isn’t at all clear as of yet, despite the site’s reassuring its customers their money was safe.
It is believed a high level of demand for cashing-out was delaying some people from receiving the service, while others may find their monies frozen a while as the federal case continues. However, it is believed players will receive payment in time.
As was reported in Business Insider this week: “It does appear that the investigation is targeting the profits made by the poker sites. They have not being asked to forfeit that money given to them for gambling. There’s no mention of seizing all assets or forcing the businesses to cease operations completely — unless that becomes necessary to pay their $3 billion in sought penalties.”