Campos and Elie File Motions to Dismiss, Question UIGEA

October 3, 2011 - 2:06 PM EDT
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Chad Elie and John Campos, two of the individuals charged in the criminal case on Black Friday, have taken the offensive in a fight to dismiss all charges. Chad Elie Chad Elie, a former payment processor for PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker, is charged with all nine counts listed in the criminal indictment: ...

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DOJ Extends Filing Deadline in Civil Case

October 3, 2011 - 1:53 PM EDT
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DOJ Extends Filing Deadline in Civil Case

According to court records, the deadline for filing claims or answers with respect to the Black Friday civil forfeiture action has now been extended from September 30th to October 31st. Documents show that such extensions have so far been stipulated for the various companies associated with Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars, and Absolute Poker/Ultimate Bet respectively. Each of these poker sites had already been granted extensions from the original July 15th deadline to September 30th. However, the filing of...

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Bitar Files Claim Against Seizures

September 30, 2011 - 12:37 PM EDT
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Bitar Files Claim Against Seizures

While the poker world was discussing the AGCC's decision to revoke Full Tilt Pokers licenses, Ray Bitar was filing his claim against some seized assets that occurred on Black Friday. Bitar, citing his legal and equitable ownership interests in some of the in rem defendants, made his claim, as required by Rule G of the Supplemental Rules for Admiralty or Maritime and Asset Forfeiture Claims. He has also claimed ownership of the domain names.[1. The FullTiltPoker.com domain...

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DOJ Releases Statement about FTP (Updated)

September 29, 2011 - 1:43 PM EDT
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DOJ Releases Statement about FTP (Updated)

Updated 10/2 at 9:09 AM EDT. The United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York has released a statement clarifying its position with regard to Full Tilt Poker and players who are owed money by the site. Though the statement makes no commitments, it is remarkable in that it discusses the possibility of the DOJ compensating players directly: ...

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AGCC Revokes FTP’s Licenses

September 29, 2011 - 1:18 PM EDT
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AGCC Revokes FTP’s Licenses

After a three-month-long suspension, the Alderney Gambling Control Commission has revoked the licenses of three of Full Tilt Poker's four Alderney licensed companies. In a detailed notice, the AGCC provided its rationale for taking...

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DOJ Moves to Seize FTP Board Members’ Funds

September 23, 2011 - 12:14 PM EDT
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DOJ Moves to Seize FTP Board Members’ Funds

On September 19, Subject: Poker reported that the US Attorneys office for the Southern District of New York amended the civil complaint originally unsealed on Black Friday to include allegations against three additional board members of Full Tilt Poker, Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson, and Rafe Furst. Now, Subject: Poker has learned that warrants have been issued to seize the assets of these three men. The newly named civil defendants, Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson, and Rafe Furst,...

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Interview with Tom “durrrr” Dwan about FTP

September 22, 2011 - 6:22 PM EDT
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Interview with Tom “durrrr” Dwan about FTP

Tom "durrrr" Dwan is one of the best-known players of nosesbleed-stakes poker and the newest member of Team Full Tilt. On April 16th, his friend Phil Galfond decided to guarantee $1 million of Stars and Full Tilt payouts to players, and Dwan decided to match it. Dwan has since raised this to the amount that he earned in sponsorship money from Full Tilt Poker, an amount that he says is higher than $1 million. He...

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