With the recent development of poker's Black Friday, many in the world, especially in the United States, have been glued to the media to see what would develop with the Top Three online poker sites that were indicted by the U.S. Southern District of New York on April 15th, 2011. Statements were released regarding the indictments of their licensees: PokerStars - the Isle of Man Supervision Commission, and Absolute Poker - Kahnawake Gaming Commission (KGC), on Tuesday April 19, 2011. The poker world waited to hear from Full Tilt Poker and the following statement was released on the 20th by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission:
“The Alderney Gambling Control Commission (“AGCC”) is aware of proceedings brought against Full Tilt Poker and individuals concerned with its operations by the authorities in New York State.
“AGCC will review the documentation affecting its licensee and to facilitate this AGCC will undertake its own investigation into these allegations; no further general commentary will be provided pending progress in these matters.
“AGCC notes that its licensee, trading as Full Tilt Poker, denies all of the allegations. Upon the grant of its licence Full Tilt Poker identified that it had obtained specific legal advice relating to its proposed activities. AGCC further notes the current public statements made by Full Tilt Poker to its customers and its recent decision to suspend ‘real money’ play in the USA. AGCC is concerned that appropriation of Full Tilt Poker’s dotcom site is hampering and potentially adversely affecting its lawful operation elsewhere in the world. AGCC remains committed to providing a well regulated lawful environment for worldwide eGambling based in Alderney.”
The statements from the KGC and Isle of Man Supervision Commission are similar to the statement from the AGCC in the regard that all will launch their investigation, but the AGCC is the first to state that their licensee denies the allegations levied in the indictment.