PokerStars Changes Site To www.PokerStars.eu (New Poker Stars EU)April 19, 2011 12:57 pm
After Pokerstars.com was shut down by the FBI on April 15 2011, the poker room automatically transferred to the domain name Pokerstars.eu.
Pokerstars was then quick to advise its customers as to their new address www.PokerStars.eu, with PokerStars Steve then posting the following message on the TwoPlusTwo forum:
“The PokerStars website has been moved to www.pokerstars.eu, and the PokerStars Support email address is now email@example.com. PokerStars apologizes to all players for any inconvenience caused by this disruption.”
Now, if you visit PokerStars.com all you will be greeted by will be a FBI warning stating:
“This domain name has been seized by the FBI pursuant to an arrest warrant in rem obtained by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York…Conducting, financing, managing, supervising, directing, or owning all or part of an illegal gambling business is a Federal crime.”
Meanwhile, however, new domain Pokerstars.eu. seems to be loading and running normally with traffic recently recorded as high as 150,000 players.
Nonetheless, despite it being business as usual for online poker players around the world, US players have now suddenly found themselves not only with the rug pulled from beneath their feet but also unsure as to the status of their online accounts.
However, it is assumed that anyone having difficulty withdrawing funds from their accounts might be presently due to the high volume of demand for the service at this point in time. In addition, it is believed any monies frozen by the FBI will likely be compensated by PokerStars at a later date, as was reported by news source ‘Business Insider’ recently:
“We talked to a spokesperson in the U.S. Attorney’s office who would not comment on the specific issue of customer accounts, but did provide a copy of both the criminal indictment and the civil complaint. We haven’t yet fully digested the 80-page document, but 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.”
In the meantime, poker pros in the US seem to be trying to put a brave face on the recent upheaval in the online poker market, with PokerStars pro Daniel Negreanu tweeting:
“Going to Aria to play $400-$800 Mix just like I did over 10 years ago when I was a professional poker player. Save me a seat boys.”
However, many of the other PokerStars sponsored pros have remained largely quiet on the issue with poker agent Brian Balsbaugh having advised them to no comment for now. He also added:
“I’m told U.S. traffic on @PokerStars & @FullTiltPoker is approx 35%. My educated guess: their international biz continues to thrive.”