PokerStars Responds To Shut Down By The FBIApril 18, 2011 8:26 am
Since last Friday, the biggest poker room in the world, PokerStars has been reeling after having to pull out of the US market.
Along with Full Tilt and Absolute/UB Poker, PokerStars now stands accused of charges relating to bank fraud, illegal gambling and money laundering.
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Focussing on the situation at PokerStars, the FBI seized the company’s domain name and have issued arrest warrants for PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg and director Paul Tate.
With its exit from the US market, PokerStars has lost around 35% of its customer base and has now switched its online operation to www.pokerstars.eu. Keen to reassure its customers of its position, PokerStars then released a statement saying:
“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.”
However, understandably it was players within the US who were most concerned over the situation, many of whom have accounts at the poker room ranging from a few hundred dollars up to tens of thousands for the professional players.
At present some PokerStars players have been reporting difficulties withdrawing money from the site at this time, prompting online prodigy Tom “durrrr” Dwan to post a tweet backing up both Full Tilt and PokerStars, and saying:
“I’d guess ftp/stars is worth more than 93c on the $ (almost 100% u get paid but could take 2-3 mnths n worst case more).”
The monetary situation is bound to become a little tangled as the FBI have so far frozen a combined 76 accounts between the three sites and are currently seeking over $3 billion in fines and penalties. In the meantime, PokerStars has issued a statement reassuring customers who have thus far unable to get a response to their concerns from the poker room and stated:
“Please be aware that we are currently experiencing a very high volume of emails, so our response times are delayed. We will answer player emails as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.”