Poker Stars and Full Tilt Poker to pay American players
When the FBI seized the .com domain names of Poker Stars and Full Tilt Poker, they essentially changed the game forever by basically shutting down US players getting the chance to get into their online poker accounts. When you take a look at how the online poker sites have time and again showed their integrity in the face of this persecution, it should come as no surprise to anyone that the online poker sites are once again stepping up to the plate and making sure that their players get what they deserve.
Up until now, players had their money frozen in their online poker accounts because of the actions of the government and it was unsure as to whether or not something would be happening to get that money back to the players. Now however, attorneys for both online poker giants have reached agreements with the United States Department of Justice and those agreements will allow them not only to pay out the funds that are owed, but also to convert tournament dollars and other promotional items to cash and make those payments as well.
That being said, players should not expect their money to be coming anytime soon. The federal government wants oversight on how the payments are made and that means that the Department of Justice needs to find a payment processor that will satisfy the strict requirements that the government will undoubtedly put forth. This could be a problem as far as speed is concerned and that is why Poker Stars and Full Tilt Poker have both been advising their players that they should expect at least a couple of weeks to go by before that search ends up bearing the fruit that everyone wants.
For now though, the American accounts are still in limbo. Such a blatantly aggressive move by the government illustrates that although the political power may have changed hands in the nation’s capitol, it is still going to be the case that online poker will remain a hot button topic for quite some time to come.