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Whose Turn is it to Watch the Seized Black Friday Domains?

Someone at the Department of Justice (DOJ) let a number of seized domain names, including AbsolutePoker.com and UltimateBet.com, expire causing the Department to lose control of them for an unknown period of time. The cyber blunder represents a big black eye for the DOJ and a small victory for anyone who has run afoul of…

Full Tilt Poker: Where Are They Now?

At the height of the online poker boom Full Tilt Poker, and the men who ran it, were the very embodiment of igaming success. They had wealth, fame and power and weren't afraid to flaunt it at every turn. Full Tilt's amazing run came to a screeching halt on Black Friday and those same men…

Biggest iGaming Events of 2013

US Regulated Market Opens Two years ago at this time, the idea that three U.S. States would be offering regulated online gambling have been nothing short of laughable yet here we are. After years of planning and infrastructure building, three US states (Delaware, Nevada, and New Jersey) have all launched licensed legal igaming products for…

Full Tilt Poker Remission Deadline Passes – Now What?

The deadline for filing a remission claim with Full Tilt Poker passed quietly on Friday with just a fraction of eligible players lining up for account refunds. So when can those folks expect to see their payout cash? And what happens to all the leftover cash? According to a report published on PokerNewsDaily.com, only about…

iGaming's Worst Feuds

[caption id="attachment_38253" align="alignright" width="190" caption="I'm coming to get you Calvin..."][/caption] DOJ/Preet Bharara vs Calvin Ayre US Attorney Preetinder Singh "Preet" Bharara is not a guy who is crazy about online gambling, and he's definitely not crazy about iGaming's favorite bad boy, Calvin Ayre. Over the years, Bharara has elevated his dislike of Ayre to some…

Affiliates Cleared for Full Tilt Poker Payoff

[caption id="attachment_37629" align="alignright" width="215" caption="Full Tilt in better days."][/caption] Affiliate partners won't be frozen out of the impending Full Tilt Poker funds reimbursement. The announcement came late last week in an announcement posted on the company's website. Full Tilt affiliate partners who are still owed money must file a claim with Garden City Group by…

Is Bitcoins Doomed?

Are the best days for the Bitcoins company already in the rear view mirror? That's what renowned economist Simon Johnson told attendees at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)  Review’s EmTech conference recently. According to Johnson, who is also a a professor of entrepreneurship at the school's Sloan School of Management, the Bitcoin economy is…

Full Tilt Poker Ready to Start Paying Out US Players

Full Tilt Poker's Department of Justice appointed claims administrators are just about ready to start dispersing funds to US players. The frozen funds have been on ice since Black Friday but there's no guarantee that Americans will be seeing the same amount that was there back in 2011. According to a statement posted by Garden…

Absolute Poker & DOJ Finalize Settlement Deal

[caption id="attachment_35544" align="aligncenter" width="220" caption="Property of the Federal Government"][/caption] Absolute Poker has finalized a deal with the US Department of Justice that brings closure to another thread of the complicated Black Friday indictments. The deal was put together by US Attorney Preet Baharara and frees the company from any further prosecution in the two-year-old case.…

10 Lessons Affiliates Can Learn from Preet Bharara

[caption id="attachment_35425" align="alignright" width="190" caption="I won't forget you..."][/caption] Never Give Up Say what you will about U.S. Attorney Preetinder Singh "Preet" Bharara, but the guy is nothing if not determined. Once he sinks his teeth into an issue, he really sinks them in deep. Whether he's battling big-time financial interests or just trying to pull…