First of all you have to watch this little video that I got off of Tom Dwan’s Facebook. Its so rad!!!!!
I read earlier that prosecutors have reached an accord with Full Tilt Poker and Pokerstars where the respective companies would regain control of their domain names for the specific purpose of returning funds belonging to US players when the sites were seized last Friday (Apr 15th, 2011). Understandably, the relief being expressed by players is emphatic and joyful. One
narcissistic player, speaking only on the condition that his name would be mentioned prominentlly in this and every other story carried by this site was Anthony Mandich,
I believe I speak for players across the nation when I say what a relief it is to know that the Department of Justice is graciously allowing Full Tilt Poker to use its own domain name for the time needed to issue refunds to the hard working cadre of professional players who were so dramatically and shamefully uprooted from their access to the hard earned dollars previously
donated to them on a daily basis by idiots without a clue how to even spell the word POKER let alone play itentrusted to sites such as Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars. The balance that I have tied up in this is not overly large at .06 cents; however, I am here today to show solidarity with my brethren in the poker community, people such as Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey, Dave Galfond and the incredibly sexy and 100% fuckableJennifer Tilly. As poker players, we hope that this is a first step towards someday having our gravy traincareers reopened to us in order that we can once again rob the wealthy, pampered and clueless who don’t seem to mind pissing their money away to nameless strangers who don’t appreciate ittake our places alongside the millions of other hardworking Americans toiling thanklessly to keep this great nation intact. Ours is a noble mission and it is our goal to enact an Act of Congress in the form of an amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America which will protect our rights online thievesas skilled players and never have it taken from us again.
The companies will also be permitted to continue real money play with players not located in the United States. According to a statement issued by Full Tilt Poker on Wednesday there are a number of issues that still need to be worked out before players in the USA can physically obtain their refunds.
Although players in the United States will not be permitted to engage in real-money play, the agreement expressly allows for real-money play outside of the United States. But, unfortunately, there remain significant practical and legal impediments to returning funds to players in the immediate future. As a result of the recent enforcement action, there exists no authorized U.S. payment channel through which to make refunds; Full Tilt Poker has no accounting of the millions of dollars of player funds that were seized by the government; and the government has not agreed to permit any of the seized player funds to be returned to the players,” it continued. Notwithstanding these issues, Full Tilt Poker is ready to work diligently with the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York to try and resolve these issues and to get players their money back as soon as possible.
Full Tilt’s statement brings up a very good point. The US Government in its infinite wisdom shut down (and indicted) many of the companies responsible for processing financial transactions such as payments to players. Given the harshness and severity of the actions taken against several of these processing companies, it doesn’t seem likely that those remaining firms with which Full Tilt and PokerStars had done business, are going to be clamoring to fulfill this one time flood of refund requests for fear of increased scrutiny by the watchful eyes of the government and now, media etc.
Perhaps, given the green light to do so by the US Attorney’s Office, we can all get a glimpse of what the future may have in store for players if internet poker is ever legalized and properly regulated in the USA again by paying attention to the manner and means by which this influx of refund requests are handled by Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars (and Absolute Poker in all probability). I am interested to see how smoothly these refunds are handled now that the complications resulting from being forced to hide gambling related transactions from US banks and credit card processors has been removed. Will this be a hopeful glimpse of how simple these types of transactions can be handled in an environment where online poker is legal or a footnote to the final chapter of the saga known as “The Day the Poker Died”?
Only time will tell.