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QuickTender Shuts Down

May 25, 2011 - 4:06 PM EDT
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QuickTender Shuts Down

The e-wallet QuickTender shut its doors today after weeks of uncertainty. QuickTender, which also operates under the name UseMyWallet, informed its customers this morning by e-mail: Dear _____ Since our last email communication where we advised any funds in your QuickTender account could still be used to purchase at QuickTender accepting sites we had been working hard to reinstate our withdrawal facility and ensuring your funds where safe and secure. However, further developments specifically relating to our main bank processing company have resulted in our accounts being frozen subject to a seizure order giving us no ability to make payments in any currency. In light of these developments we have had no option but to discontinue the Quicktender service with immediate effect and for the foreseeable future. At this time we are unable to confirm...

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Merge Refusing New Players from Some States

May 24, 2011 - 8:10 PM EDT
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Merge Refusing New Players from Some States

We continue to see possible fallout from the new indictments handed down yesterday as the Merge Poker Network has decided to stop accepting new customers from Washington D.C., Louisiana, Missouri, and Maryland. They have also reiterated their continued desire to not accept new customers from the state of New York. Some of these states should come as no surprise, as many of them have been hostile towards online gambling. In particular, Maryland participated in...

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Inside the Press Release

May 23, 2011 - 11:44 PM EDT
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Inside the Press Release

As we’ve seen in the last couple months, the US Attorneys like to release statements with all of their indictments which lay out the charges, identify the defendants and give credit to the law enforcement agencies and individuals who conducted the investigation. The most recent indictments proved no different. This press release was certainly telling. In it, four distinct agencies (three federal and the state of Maryland) were identified as having participated in the investigation...

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Inside the Indictments

May 23, 2011 - 11:00 PM EDT
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Inside the Indictments

I have only had a brief time to look at the indictments, and I intend to offer a more thorough analysis of each indictment, as well as the affidavit, in the coming days as we learn more. Here are my early thoughts, though: The first indictment is against K23 Group Financial Services, doing business as BMX Entertainment, and Ann Marie Puig. The second indictment alleges charges against Thrillix Systems, Ltd, doing business as BetED.com, Darren...

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BREAKING: More Gambling Domains Seized Upd. 9

May 23, 2011 - 5:38 PM EDT
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BREAKING: More Gambling Domains Seized Upd. 9

Most recent update: 5/23 11:45 PM EST. A Maryland federal grand jury indicted two more online gambling businesses today. Subject: Poker has not yet received the full indictment, but an affidavit from a Maryland Homeland Security special agent reveals many of the details of the case. Charged in the affidavit are two companies and their owners: ThrillX Systems Ltd., owned by Darren Wright and David Parchomchuk and K23 Financial Services (BMX Entertainment), run by Ann ...

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Payment Processor Pleads Guilty

May 23, 2011 - 4:56 PM EDT
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Payment Processor Pleads Guilty

American citizen Bradley Franzen pleaded guilty this afternoon to charges of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, accepting funds in connection with unlawful internet gambling and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The April 15th indictment describes Franzen as a middleman between poker sites and payment processors: 10. From at least in or about 2007, up to and including on or about March 2011, BRADLEY FRANZEN, the defendant, worked with internet gambling companies including the Poker Companies, to identify Poker...

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Interview with Dan Fleyshman- Part II

May 23, 2011 - 2:57 PM EDT
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Dan Fleyshman

Dan Fleyshman is CEO of Victory Poker, originally a skin on the Everleaf Network but now on the Cake Network. Before the indictments on April 15th, VP had planned to move to the Cereus network. Three days after Black Friday, Victory Poker pulled out of the US market, and as Fleyshman explains in the interview, his plans to move to Cereus were canceled. In the first half of the interview, Fleyshman discusses his background and the...

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Interview with Dan Fleyshman- Part I

May 22, 2011 - 9:36 PM EDT
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Interview with Dan Fleyshman- Part I

Dan Fleyshman is CEO of Victory Poker, originally a skin on the Everleaf Network but now on the Cake Network. Before the indictments on April 15th, VP had planned to move to the Cereus network. Three days after Black Friday, Victory Poker pulled out of the US market, and as Fleyshman explains in the interview, his plans to move to Cereus were canceled. In this first half of the interview, Fleyshman discusses his background...

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Hero Poker to Stop US Sign-Ups

May 22, 2011 - 1:21 AM EDT
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Hero Poker to Stop US Sign-Ups

The CEO of Hero Poker announced early Saturday that Hero Poker, a Merge Gaming skin, will no longer be accepting new players from the United States after May 25th. Existing players will continue being able to play. Hero Poker claims to have made this decision in order for them to keep providing their players with high levels of personal support. To quote the CEO's response to a player : "This is not a set back ,...

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US Players Get Rakeback on FTP

May 20, 2011 - 1:26 PM EDT
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US Players Get Rakeback on FTP

US players are reporting on the Two Plus Two Forums that they are receiving their delayed rakeback payments from Full Tilt Poker. It appears that most if not all Americans have received their final rakeback payments from Full Tilt, which had gone unpaid since the government indicted owners of FTP and two other sites on April 15th. This, along with payments for their “Take 2” and “Leaderboard” promotions, some conversions of tournament tickets to...

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