I was floating around Twitter tonight and came across an interesting tweet from @CardPlayerMedia about the US Government indicting the owners of PokerStars, FullTilt, UB, Absolute Poker and seizing their domain names.
“…U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York has indicted the founders of PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker and UB and seized their websites in the latest attempt to crack down on online gaming.”
Instead of the site’s usual homepage, visitors are given the 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.”
The article states that domain names have been seized and a notice is posted at the “site”. I checked out all the websites mentioned. UB and Absolute Poker are displaying the domain name seized message [4-15-2011 9:20pm].
PokerStars.COM is being rerouted to Pokerstars.EU – or – they have cleverly switched out the header graphic…probably not 🙂
I checked the ownership on the domain name records for Absolute Poker (located in Canada) and PokerStars (located in Isle of Man) and those have not been changed. Full Tilt Poker and UB have hidden registrations.
Such a pity that this is what our tax dollars are going to while US citizens cannot afford healthcare and are homeless… Another embarrassing “ugly American” moment. We need to get our priorities straight.
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Department of Justice Indicts Owners of Major Online Poker Sites