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Massive day for online poker with serious criminal charges being laid against the biggest online poker firms who target the American market....

Online poker companies indicted for fraud


NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The founders of the three largest Internet poker companies have been indicted for bank fraud and money laundering, federal law enforcement officials said Friday.

The United States Attorney in New York unsealed the indictment against eleven people, including the founders of PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker. In addition to charges of bank fraud and money laundering, the companies are accused of illegal gambling offenses.

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The companies allegedly arranged for the money from U.S. gamblers to be disguised as payments to hundreds of non-existent online merchants for the purchase of items such as jewelry and golf balls, according to the indictment.



Those firms are in deep, it will be interesting to see what happens to those firms who refused to take US business on the share markets next week. In poker, liquidity is king, and those firms who blocked business from the US were always fighting a losing battle. Now the whole landscape of online poker could change....

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