This is a followup to the civil action that was added to the Black Friday indictments against Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson, Rafe Furst and Ray Bitar. Quite a few news items have popped up today. Here are some links to popular stories.
Report from iGaming Post stating they have insider information that Full Tilt Poker’s Alderney license has been revoked.
Barney Frank, a leader in pushing for online gambling regulation, has stated that he will return contributions that were made to his campaign by the Poker Players Alliance and Full Tilt Poker directors. Lederer, Ferguson and Furst were among the contributors. The money would go to repay players that lost money in the alleged Full Tilt Poker fraud. If that is not possible the money will go to charity.
While the article really says nothing, at least we know he is not completely in hiding like it appears the others are.
Full Tilt Poker publicly denies the ponzi scheme allegation.
The Epic Poker League suspends Lederer and Ferguson indefinitely due to the allegations made by the U.S. government. Apparently it is still OK to be a part of the Epic Poker League when you worked for an online poker room that had multiple cheating scandals and continued to promote them long after the news came out. The poker room I am describing is Ultimate Bet, Annie Duke’s former sponsor. At this point Ultimate Bet still owes players around $50 million. Do as I say, not as I do, right Annie?
I guess being offline for nearly two months was not enough of a hint, but the Hendon Mob severed ties with Full Tilt Poker.
A three minute interview with Tom Dwan
The story is just a day old and has hit the mainstream media. I will do my best to post updates with links to the relevant stories as the week continues.
The Department of Justice needed your online poker money to pay for $16 muffins and $8 cups of coffee.