Is the FBI Really Going After Full Tilt Players?

by Lou on February 24, 2010

The latest rumor making the rounds of online poker media sites involves the FBI’s interest in Full Tilt players, and that the Feds have already tried to contact some players there.

I don’t know whether this is true; it’s still an unfounded rumor as far as I’m concerned. The rumor is sort of vague on why the FBI has an interest in players, since they are not the focus of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), though the FBI could make it difficult for players to access their funds, if that’s a direction they want to go in.

Second hand reports I’ve read say that players who have been contacted by the FBI stated that the Feds are interested in transaction processing at online poker sites.

Although enforcing UIGEA has been on hold, it does seem as if the process of blocking transactions is ramping up. All you have to do is see how Visa and Mastercard are starting to tighten down the screws when it comes to processing transactions with online gaming sites.

Where does all this lead and how wary should players be? Quien sabe? It may be just another governmental effort to frighten players and sites, or perhaps some enforcement action will be forthcoming. All I know is that the government has been more successful that I would have imagined in their ability to frighten top online gaming execs—witness the big money settlements they have squeezed out of them in a few notable circumstances—and if the past is prologue, it’s certainly reasonable to presume that will be an approach they will take going forward.

So stay tuned. This is not yet a done deal.

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