Ever since Black Friday on the 15th of April 2011, when the US DoJ shut down PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker, US poker players have been waiting for another such fatal turn of events for other US poker sites. And, this is exactly what happened on the 24th of May 2011.
This time the FBI got 10 sites closed, including Doyles Room and True Poker. The list including eight other poker sites has been released by the DoJ stating which sites were indicted. The list includes Doylesroom.com, Truepoker.com, Bookmaker.com, Funtimebingo.com, 2Betsdi.com, Goldenarchcasino.com, Beted.com, Betmaker.com, Betehorse.com, Betgrandesports.com.
This time Doyles Room and True Poker are in focus, since they are the two largest US poker houses from the ones mentioned above. Most of them were indicted along the same lines and for the same crimes as PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker. Doyles Room was already facing trouble due to its best and loyal, Doyle Brunson, leaving the site, while True Poker is headed towards doom.
However, these indictments were made based on the Maryland law and they did not deal with bank fraud. A special agent from ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations, defended the shut down of the 10 sites and stated that as most of these illegal transactions increased crime efforts has to be taken to stop such a network of illegal poker transactions and associations.
Once again, there is no information available on the repayment of funds of players who were playing on these sites. From the previous seizures, Full Tilt is still paying out its players and having a hard time. PokerStars was able to return a total of $100,000,000 USD since the shutdown. Their latest online poker championship has just ended and it was a great success for 2011, but no one knows what lies ahead.
These charges are bound to make players nervous about their accounts and their funds even if they are playing on the safest and strongest network of poker sites.