Feds shut down poker site
With a bit of help from wee Channel Island
One of the world's most successful poker sites, FullTiltPoker.com, has been shut down by the FBI.
Back in April, the Feds arrested 11 people for falling foul of US internet gambling laws, including the three founders of the web's biggest such sites.
The site itself has now been shut. Viewing from the UK shows a simple system error message but the LA Times spotted a large banner blaming the US Department of Justice.
A statement from Alderney's Gambling Control Commission said four companies trading collectively as Full Tilt Poker have had their licences suspended. They may not register new customers, accept money from existing customers, allow customers to withdraw money or permit any poker to be played on the site.
The tiny island's regulator said it took the action following US investigations and the unsealing of indictments by the US Attorney General's Office.
Andre Wilsenach, Executive Director of the Alderney Gambling Control Commission said: "The decision to suspend the eGambling licence was in the public interest and, because of the seriousness and urgency of the matter, it required that immediate action be taken ahead of the regulatory hearing."
The Commission has also issued hearing notices to the four companies: Vantage Ltd, Oxalic Ltd, Filco Ltd and Orinic Ltd. They must appear in London, rather than Alderney (population 2,400).
Online gambling is an important employer on the island. ®
I'm getting bored with this.
Alderney?? (Channel isles, quite close to France? That Alderney? Not some hick bible-belt town that's taken the name?)
Do the former even know where the latter is???
What the FUCK do the FBI have to do with us?
For fuc*k's sake, it's time we took the FBI website down.
LulzSec, come back, all is forgiven!!!
Alderny, Channel Islands
The island of Alderney is a British Crown Dependant, but is self governing, and has never accepted UK Parliament governance (is that a word?).
So, I'm wondering under what jurdistriction does the FBI (an US of A agency) order the takedown of a website that is perfectly legal in the country where it's hosted. Did the USA assume rule over Alderney while our backs were turned?
IMHO, at the very most, the US should only have been able to ask them to decline to accept US based clients.
I AM outraged at YOUR post! HOW dare your BRING facts and reason TO this discussion?
Don't YOU know that petit NATIONALISM dressed up as CONCERN for the rights of BRITONS easily TRUMPS facts and reason? I HAVE even typed RANDOM words IN capitals to EMPHASISE my point!