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FBI/DOJ Sieze Full Tilt, Pokerstars, AB & UB Domains

Well, I guess I picked the wrong day to quit smoking!

Your DNS Servers may not have updated yet, but as soon as they do you’ll most likely see this message on the homepages of Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker, Ultimate Bet and Pokerstars:

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There’s also a copy of the Indictment here.

In essence, the domains have been seized, and 76 bank accounts spread over 14 countries have been issued a restraining order.

This is bad.

This isn’t anything even close to the Bodog domain name situation. This isn’t even remotely similar to the Cake/Kentucky situation.

This is worse than the UIEGA, and it has the potential to be very, very bad.

At least in the short term.

This isn’t some “fly by the night” decision by the Department of Justice, trust me on that one. This is something that has been in the works for a long time. I had heard rumblings from a source about this recently, but had no idea it was going to be on such a grand scale and I’m still struggling to get my head around it.

However this is something that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone – something like this was always going to happen, and I’m honestly surprised it’s taken this long since the UIEGA. I’d like to think that the owners of the poker rooms have been preparing for this – although I’m not at all confident of this knowing the methods they have used to circumvent the UIEGA.

The worst thing you can do is panic. I’ve went through the dot com bubble burst and I’ve went through the UIEGA to know how it all works. The worst thing you can do right now is sit around reading forums all day, posting on them and acting emotional, whether it be to forecast the “end of the world” or to try and spin things in a positive light.

Very few facts are known at this point of time. The best thing you can do is react and throw yourself into your work. Have non-gaming website ideas just sitting aside gathering dust? Time to start working on them. Have Full Tilt, Pokerstars and UB as your top rooms? Time to drop them(at least until the dust settles), and start pushing other rooms.

Every cloud has a silver lining. Use this as a motivator and get your asses in gear – and work your asses off! As for this whole issue just sit back, and look at how it all plays out and react accordingly.

This isn’t the end of the world. It’s just a new chapter. It’s thinning out the herd.

This is the motivational boost you’ve been waiting for.

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  • Will

    Hey Graeme would you feel comfortable about pushing merge now or wait to see what happens? I feel I should be doing something but have no idea what.

  • Dealer Dan

    I’d push them, if for the simple reason that you have to push SOMETHING to your US customers, and right now FTP, Stars, UB & AP aren’t exactly viable options!

    If in a week or two they get hit as well, well hey that sucks but at least you’ve did something in the meantime.

    Don’t put too much work into it at this time though. I know a lot of the poker rooms/networks who take US players are at this very moment having discussions on whether or not they should continue to have US players so it wouldn’t surprise me to see US-facing poker rooms and networks close shop to the USA over the next week.

  • What a wake up call and a reminder never to put all your eggs in one basket. Im in such a weird state of mind, and im sure i wont get much done today other than keeping up to date with the news. But i guess i should just get started working on changing old reviews etc. and get the traffic redirected.

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  • Do you have any info for non-US affiliates? I work only with european players, but today i coudnt acess my aff. accaunt at FT. What will happen with non US tracked players and future depositing FT, PS players?
    PS went from .com to .eu (shoud i change my refferal links to .eu? )
    For Slovenia players: PokerStars seems to be running fine, FT deposit and withdrawal options is down.

    I have some sites/deals that are run through US affiliates… How will this affect payments of comissions and rakeback to players?

    Did you heard anything from PS,FT affiliate department…
    This totally fxxked me up as I have about 85% of my affiliate income from PS and FT. Maybe I shoud start creating Bingo, sportsbook and google adsense sites… πŸ™
    Just when I started to make some notable progress in my monthly comissions and started to grow my business this hit the fan… πŸ™

  • Dealer Dan

    Allin: Very true. The saying “never put all your eggs in one basket” has been around for many, many years and there’s a reason why, which a lot of people unfortunately found out yesterday. It’s very important to diversify, and focus on as many different products as possible.

    PokerPro: Right now I can’t say anything for certain. If everything works out as I hope it will, both Full Tilt and Pokerstars will at the very least still remain open to non-US players, which is still a decent enough chunk of their playerbase.

    Full Tilt are now using If it’s easy enough to change the referral links for PS & FT do it – I’m sure they’ll have an update later this weekend or this week for affiliates on what to do.

    If all goes well this won’t affect non-US players at all, except in terms of traffic.

    As I wrote in the article – consider this a motivator πŸ™‚ You were reliant on Full Tilt & Stars – now you no longer have that(at least anywhere as much) so go out there and start making money elsewhere!

  • I used to have your contact in MSN, but stopped using MSN for a while now. I woud love to chat via Skype if possible aboute some of my next ideas/projects and maybe even partner up with you on some of them….

    Even today I cant forget what a good advice your gave me on PAL for one of my wrong projects that went bust 2 years ago:)
    If interested please email me your skype contact and I will add you…
    Take Care!

  • stevejones

    This really sucks for US affiliates. It seems tilt is using as the main site and stars is using but the cashier is not available for usa players, i wonder if the visitors are being recorded…

  • Dealer Dan

    PokerPro: I’m getting hammered at the moment with messenger requests etc haha – so I’ve turned off all instant messaging programs for the time being. Got some work to do myself πŸ™‚ You can add me “DealerDanGaming” on Skype.

    stevejones: I wouldn’t think visitors are being recorded at all to the poker rooms or that the DOJ have access to any of that data. FYI I just wrote an updated article on this topic: