Feds Restore PokerStars and Full Tilt Domain Names to Facilitate Return of US Player Funds

by Lou on April 20, 2011

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that the United States entered into an agreement with PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker to restore their domain names.  This was done so that players can register their refund requests directly with Pokerstars and Full Tilt Poker.

According to the DOJ, no individual player accounts were ever frozen or restrained, and each implicated poker company has been free to reimburse any player’s deposited funds. In fact, DOJ stated that they expect the companies to return funds deposited with them by US players.  They added, “we will work with the poker companies to facilitate the return of funds to players, as today’s agreements with PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker demonstrate.”

PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker agreed that they would not allow players located in the United States to engage in playing online poker for real money.    PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker will be allowed to use the pokerstars.com and fulltiltpoker.com domain names to facilitate the withdrawals of players’ funds held in account with the companies.

The agreements also require that an independent Monitor be appointed to verify PokerStars’ and Full Tilt Poker’s compliance with the agreements. DOJ indicated they stand ready to enter the same agreement with Absolute Poker if it so chooses.

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