..

Is PokerStars Safe? European Players Concerned

Written by:
C Costigan
Published on:
Jun/29/2011
Is PokerStars Safe?

The ramifications of the Alderney Gambling Control Commission suspending Full Tilt Poker’s license on Wednesday has led to many Europeans and those around the world asking the question:  Is PokerStars safe?

The short answer to that question would be:  “We really don’t know”.

While PokerStars to its credit has paid back all US players in full, the company was among those indicted with Full Tilt Poker and UB.com on April 15, 2011, charged with bank fraud and money laundering by the US Justice Department.  Two of the company’s executives, also named in the complaint, do remain on the lam. 

PokerStars is alleged to have violated US laws by disguising massive amounts of online gambling transactions as dog food and golf balls while working in conjunction with one Utah-based bank it had allegedly “invested money into”. 

It appears, based on an initial statement by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission, that the Full Tilt Poker license was revoked only after applied pressure from the US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York, as opposed to outcries from enraged US players still waiting for their funds to be paid by FTP. 

Could the Isle of Man, which licenses PokerStars, follow Alderney’s lead?

It’s doubtful but not entirely out of the realm of possibility.  PokerStars on the surface appears to be working with US authorities in resolving its legal issues while ensuring its customers around the world get paid in a timely fashion.

There are indications that the US Attorney’s primary focus has been on Full Tilt Poker, mainly due to it having assets in the US and “flaunting their US presence.  Homes owned by Full Tilt founder Raymond Bitar were seized within weeks of the indictment. 

Sources close to Gambling911.com have vehemently stated that Full Tilt Poker’s pro players claiming to “own shares” in the company could ultimately be charged though prosecutors are less likely to follow such a route.

“That would be a public relations nightmare for the Justice Department,” our source stated. 

There has been wide speculation that Howard Lederer, a chief player spokesperson for Full Tilt Poker, could end up becoming the “sacrificial lamb” for FTP.

As for PokerStars being safe, Gambling911.com advises playing there with caution.  In other words, only leave small amounts of money in your account at any given time. 

Let’s face it, the likes of Full Tilt Poker Finnish high stakes pro Patrik Antonius, who flaunted the millions he was winning on FTP with the lack of US players on that site over these past two months, appears now to be in the same boat as Phil Ivey and others who can’t get their money out.

- Chris Costigan, Gambling911.com Publisher

Poker News

What Attracts Players to Online Poker in 2021

Poker has long been one of the favorite games worldwide.

Gambling 911 World Exclusive:   Matusow Responds to Accusation He's "Robbing" His Backers

Gambling 911 World Exclusive: Matusow Responds to Accusation He's "Robbing" His Backers

The "Mouth" issues a fiery profanity-laced response to these allegations. “They can suck a d***!”

Poker Player Fakes Cancer Diagnosis to Claim Free Tickets on ACR

Poker Player Fakes Cancer Diagnosis to Claim Free Tickets on ACR

Letter filled with multiple grammatical mistakes posted to the Web and player reportedly makes death threats to CEO, player ambassadors.

Americas Cardroom Boss to Stake 6 Players for $5 Million Venom in Fight Against Cancer

Americas Cardroom Boss to Stake 6 Players for $5 Million Venom in Fight Against Cancer

Americas Cardroom head honcho Phil Nagy vowed to stake 6 people to play in this week's Venom PKO online tournament with the profit split being half to the player and half to breast cancer awareness.

Suzie Zhao Murder Trial Delayed Until 2022: Poker Pro Burned Alive

Suzie Zhao Murder Trial Delayed Until 2022: Poker Pro Burned Alive

The new date has been set at January 3rd, 2022.  Jury selection was initially expected to take place this week in Oakland County, Michigan following two previous delays.

Syndicate