Rational Group Rebrands Full Tilt Poker As Full Tilt Gaming

The Rational Group, the parent company of PokerStars and its former rival Full Tilt Poker, announced their future plans for the two domains.  While PokerStars will continue to function as a poker-only website, Full Tilt Poker will rebrand as “Full Tilt Gaming” as it incorporates other online casino games onto its pages. The two former […]
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Pala Casino Recruits Phil Ivey As Face Of Internet Gambling Site

Phil Ivey is regarded by his peers and poker commentators as the world’s best all around player in the game, and will serve as the face of a California-based internet gaming venue.  Although online gambling has yet to be legalized in California, legislation is before the state to expedite the process. The Pala Indian Tribe, […]
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Still No Action On Black Friday Poker Account Repayments

The US Department of Justice took action in 2011 on what became known as Black Friday to poker players, but a settlement with the owners of PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker wasn’t reached until late 2012.  The settlement included a $731 million fine for the poker companies, while poker players were owed the remaining $184 […]
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Former Full Tilt Poker CEO Accepts Guilty Plea In Exchange For Heart Transplant

The architect of the Full Tilt Poker Ponzi scheme gave up his defense this week after reaching a plea deal with the US Justice Department.  Ray Bitar agreed to plead guilty to a variety of charges in exchange for an expedited heart transplant, which the aging former poker CEO needs to stay alive.  The announcement […]
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US Settles Black Friday Charges with Howard Lederer

The ongoing investigation into the former Full Tilt Poker owners continues but players are unlikely to be satisfied with the settlements.  Former Full Tilt Poker director Howard Lederer was accused by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and several high profile poker players of running a Ponzi scheme with funds from thousands of player accounts.  […]
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Young Poker Player Launches Petition to Ban Howard Lederer from Casinos

Howard Lederer has made many enemies since US allegations that he coordinated a Ponzi scheme when he co-owned Full Tilt Poker.  While Lederer no longer has an ownership stake in Full Tilt, he nevertheless is attempting to remain relevant to the poker community.  He has been sighted at poker tournaments inside the Aria and Bellagio […]
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Former US Full Tilt Poker Players Still Awaiting Compensation

On November 6, poker players were able to return to Full Tilt Poker when the site once again went live.  Within a few hours, tens of thousands of players from around the world had filled the poker tables once again.  Account balances had been frozen ever since the events of Black Friday shut real-money gaming […]
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Full Tilt Poker Re-Launches After Lengthy Legal Battle

The long awaited return of one of the biggest names in poker has finally come to fruition.  The relaunch of Full Tilt Poker’s real money gaming operations officially began today, with players all over the world eager to gain access to the funds in their accounts.  Players have actually been able to access the poker […]
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Another Black Friday Payment Processor Sentenced

This week, Chad Elie was sentenced to five months in jail for the role he played in helping to process payments to illegal online gambling sites in the United States. He is one of eleven people indicted on charges related to Black Friday, when three of the world’s top online poker sites were shut down […]
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More Charges for Lederer and Bitar

The American government is doing everything in its power to ensure that former Full Tilt Poker CEOs Raymond Bitar and Howard Lederer do not get off easy. In addition to an existing laundry list of charges laid against the two men, prosecutors have added yet another charge, accusing Bitar and Lederer of violating the Travel […]
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