Online Poker Black Friday Updates: April 21st
The aftermath of the Department of Justice seizing the domains of the biggest online poker sites on Friday 15th April continues to be felt throughout the poker community. Many poker professionals have flocked to brick and mortar casinos to play poker, several are taking a holiday to see how events play out, and many others have quit the poker life and are searching for a ‘real job’. Below we have listed the current best US poker sites as well as bring you information on PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker getting their .com domain’s back, and Ziigmund claiming he is done with Full Tilt and PokerStars.
PokerStars and Full Tilt Get .com’s Back
In a major development yesterday the US government announced that they had reached an agreement with both PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker to give them both their .com domain back to facilitate paying US players who have funds in their accounts. No-one expected such a move to come as quick as this and many expected it to be months before they would see their bankrolls however don’t get too excited just yet. In a statement released by Full Tilt Poker shortly after the US government announced this, Full Tilt stated that ‘there exists no authorized U.S. payment channel through which to make refunds’ so we will all just have to wait and see what happens. one thing for certain is that players funds on both sites are 100% safe and secure, it’s just a matter of when you will be paid – not if. The government also stated they are prepared to reach the same deal with UB.com/Absolute Poker however at the time of writing this there has been no news on that.
Ziigmund ‘Done’ With PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker
Meanwhile despite high-stakes games still running on both sites with Gus Hansen, Patrik Antonius and others playing on Full Tilt and Viktor ‘Isildur1’ Blom amongst others playing on PokerStars, fellow European Ilari ‘Ziigmund’ Sahamies has claimed to be ‘done with Full Tilt and PokerStars’. The high-stakes star recently played a session which saw him lose $200k and in an interview he announced this. Many think he will now stick to playing at PowerPoker.com who he is sponsored by which is on the Cake Network and has seen a large increase in traffic. Other options for the star in search of high-stakes action on European sites could be Bet365 Poker which is on the iPoker Network.