PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker Get Use of .com Back, Withdrawals Coming Soon

PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker both received use of their .com domain names back today.  The only purpose of the domains now are to alert U.S. players of the situation.  The U.S. government will retain ownership of the domains.  PokerStars is telling players that they are going to make a full refund to all U.S. players.  They posted an FAQ here.

Although Full Tilt Poker has made an agreement at this time they have yet to post any messages.  The agreements signed are a total of five pages and include that PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker will be allowed to continue to operate outside the U.S. and that the online poker rooms will be forced to turn over financial records on their players.  In other words if you have not been paying taxes you may want to go back and refile.

These agreements do not cover Absolute Poker and UB who at this time are saying that they no longer accept U.S. players although some U.S. players are able to play.  The Absolute Poker and UB U.S. player ban almost certainly was in response to PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker getting access to their domain back after banning U.S. players.  I am still very doubtful about players on Absolute Poker and UB ever seeing their money.  I hope I am wrong but there was a lot of evidence that they were not liquid to begin with and now with countless assets seized I cannot see how that got any better.

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