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Poker News | Gambling and the Law

Washington stateWashington State online poker bill dead for 2012

Rep. Paul Harris had high hopes a few days after a hearing to discuss reducing Washington state's online poker penalties. But that ended on Thursday when Harris announced that legislation is dead for 2012. The proposed bill would have reduced the...

Chris FergusonChris Ferguson awaits approval in settlement filed with SDNY

Ian J. Imrich reported on Tuesday that Chris Ferguson filed for settlement with the United States Court Southern District of New York; Imrich once served as general counsel for Full Tilt Poker. Imrich went to twitter to send the link to the...

PokerWorks legalInterstate online poker bill gets NV Gov. Brian Sandoval's signature!

The Nevada Legislature met on Thursday morning, (February 21st), to discuss an online poker bill that would give Governor Brian Sandoval the authority to expand Nevada's customer base to enter into interstate compacts. Almost in a whirlwind...

Lesniak steams on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's take on internet gambling bill

New Jersey State Sen. Ray Lesniak is in full sound-off mode with the concerns Gov. Chris Christie presented in his monthly “Ask the Governor” radio segment on January 22nd, on New Jersey 101.5 FM. A caller asked Christie's position on the...

Howard LedererSouthern District of New York and Howard Lederer settle civil case

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012, appears to have put an end to the civil case the Southern District of New York had against Howard Lederer, former Full Tilt Poker board member, when a Stipulation and Order of Settlement was filed. An Amended Civil...

Rafe Furst courtesy of PokerNews.comDepartment of Justice's Black Friday Civil Case with Rafe Furst Settled

The civil money-laundering and forfeiture case brought against former Full Tilt Poker board member Rafe Furst by the Department of Justice has been settled. The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York recorded an...

DOJ Says Claims Administrator for FTP Remission by January 2013

A brief statement was released on the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York's website on November 20th, 2012, that updates the status of the Full Tilt Poker remission process for United States player. The Victim...

Spanish Court Rules in PokerStars Favor

PokerStars has been operating legally in Spain since their services were first offered in 2001 according to the Spanish court. Codere, Spanish gambling giant, tried to put the heat on PokerStars by claiming that it was operating unlawfully...

Howard LedererMotion to Dismiss $42.5 Million Civil Complaint filed by Howard Lederer

Howard Lederer's attorneys filed a Motion to Dismiss the Verified Second Amended Complaint (SAC) and a Notice of Motion with the United States District Court of Southern New York. Elliot R. Peters and Cody S. Harris of Keker & Van Nest LLP...

Black FridayNelson Burtnick, Former Full Tilt Poker Executive, Pleads Guilty to Gambling Charges

Former payment processing director for Full Tilt Poker, Nelson Burtnick, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and gambling charges on Wednesday in a Manhattan court. Burtnick was one of 11 men indicted on Black Friday by the U.S. Government. The...

Black FridaySecond Amended Complaint Filed by DOJ Alleges Lederer Funded Assets with Unlawful Proceeds

The United States Department of Justice filed a Second Amended Civil Complaint on Monday, September 10th, 2012, that involves the April 15th, 2011, online poker indictments. New forfeiture charges have been introduced against Ray Bitar and Howard...

Black FridayFederal Court Meeting Requested by Howard Lederer Regarding U.S. v. DiCristina Ruling

Former Full Tilt Poker executive Howard Lederer's attorneys have requested to meet with the federal court regarding the federal ruling of last week that states poker does not fall under the Illegal Gambling Business Act (IGBA). Judge Jack B...

Black FridayFull Tilt Poker Assets Acquired by PokerStars - Players to Receive Funds

Full Tilt Poker has been acquired by PokerStars after many months of negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice. The U.S. Attorney's office has put its approval on a deal that will allow the forfeiture of all Full Tilt Poker's assets to...

Black FridayIra Rubin Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Role as Black Friday Processor

Bloomberg reported that Ira Rubin who was one of the 11 men indicted by the United States Department of Justice on April 15, 2011 (Black Friday), recently received a sentence of three years in prison and forfeiture of $5 million. Rubin's alleged...

Black FridayBrent Beckley, Absolute Poker co-founder, gets 14-Month Prison Sentence

Brent Beckley was given a 14-month prison sentence today for his involvement with Absolute Poker. Beckley and 11 other people, along with three online poker sites, were indicted for money laundering, bank fraud, and illegal gambling on April 15th...

Breaking NewsRay Bitar, CEO of Full Tilt Poker, Surrendered to U.S. Authorities

Chief executive officer of Full Tilt Poker, Ray Bitar, was indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice on Black Friday. One of 11 men that were indicted in the case, Bitar surrendered to U.S. authorities today. PokerNews.com has confirmation...

Black FridayJohn Campos Sentenced to Three Months in Prison for Illegal Payment Processing Role

In April 2012 John Campos was granted a plea bargain misdemeanor guilty plea for his role as a Black Friday defendant. Campos was indicted on April 15th, 2011 for violating the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA), conspiracy to...

Ongoing coverageJohn Campos Granted Guilty Plea of Misdemeanor

U.S. District Court Judge Lewis A. Kaplan accepted John Campos' guilty plea by signing an order reducing the charges against him to a single misdemeanor according to The Salt Lake Tribune. Campos was the former vice chairman of SunFirst Bank in...

Ongoing coverageJudge Refuses to Accept John Campos Guilty Plea

According to WashingtonExaminer.com U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan refused to accept a guilty plea from John Campos, a former Utah Banker. Kaplan wants prosecutors to explain - in writing - why the guilty plea was in exchange for a...

Breaking NewsJohn Campos Pleads Guilty to Misdemeanor Charge

John Campos, Black Friday defendant, will escape a trial set for April 9th in New York due to reaching a plea agreement with federal prosecutors according to for lack of proof at this point in time.” Read more:...

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