Black Friday v2.0 – US Attorney seizes ten poker domain names

Black Friday v2.0 – US Attorney seizes ten poker domain names

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

The fallout from Black Friday is still being felt across the poker community and we had an aftershock yesterday when it was announced that the US Attorney of Maryland had seized ten more domain names in addition to PokerStars, Full Tilt and UB/AP, including DoylesRoom.

Texas Dolly himself had his extra-sensory poker abilities help him out on this one – he left the site just a few days prior to this announcement. DoylesRoom has been seized and three people have been indicted. Other seized domain names include,, and

The affidavit states that the indicted defendants “own and manage illegal gambling businesses... involving online sports betting.” Homeland Security Investigations in Baltimore, Maryland – incidentally the hometown of last year’s biggest winner in online poker, Daniel “jungleman12” Cates. It seems that undercover agents contacted managers of the gambling sites and gathered evidence against them.

“It is illegal for internet gambling enterprises to do business in Maryland, regardless of where the website operator is located,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein in a press release regarding the indictments. “We cannot allow foreign website operators to flout the law simply because their headquarters are based outside the country.”

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Tags: Black Friday, Department of Justice, Doyle Brunson