PokerStars and Full Tilt regain .com domains, working towards payment

PokerStars and Full Tilt regain .com domains, working towards payment

Thursday, 21 April 2011

The US Department of Justice has reached an agreement with PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker to regain their worldwide .com domain names after they were seized last week in what the poker world is now calling Black Friday. is once again and is back online.

However, US players are still unable to play at real money tables or transfer funds. This comes with the good news that player money is safe. The Department of Justice pointed out that “each implicated poker company has at all times been free to reimburse players’ deposited funds... this Office expects the companies to return the money that US players entrusted to them.”

A Full Tilt press release stated that "the agreement represents an important first step towards returning funds to U.S. players because it allows Full Tilt Poker to utilize its domain to facilitate the withdrawal of player funds. But, unfortunately, there remain significant practical and legal impediments to returning funds to players in the immediate future. As a result of the recent enforcement action, there exists no authorized U.S. payment channel through which to make refunds; Full Tilt Poker has no accounting of the millions of dollars of player funds that were seized by the government; and the government has not agreed to permit any of the seized player funds to be returned to the players."

"Full Tilt Poker is ready to work diligently with the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York to try and resolve these issues and to get players their money back as soon as possible."

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Tags: PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker