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Cashing out of online poker sites still a problem.

April 20th, 2011 6 comments

Full Tilt Poker still opens with a message about how U.S. Players can't play "real money" but they're also not letting withdrawals proceed either.

Today the U.S. Attorney’s office of the Southern District of New York announced that they’d reached an agreement with PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker to effectively give access back to their .com websites so that they could process transactions for U.S. customers to withdraw their funds.  Every site had a lot of quotes.  Rather than quote them, I’m just going to link them:

Here is the Department of Justice Press Release

Article on PokerNews by Chad Holloway with Full Tilt and PokerStars releases

After a little debate with myself over the fact that I can’t play real money on either Full Tilt or PokerStars in the foreseeable future (unless I move to Canada or Mexico or something…and THATS not happening), I decided to withdraw my funds.  First I went to Full Tilt Poker.  I opened the cashier and clicked on “Withdrawal” and this message popped up: Read more…

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I’m quickly losing trust in the PPA

April 20th, 2011 No comments

The PPA is supposed to be representing poker players best interests, but from my vantage point, they've been doing a really crumby job of late.

Maybe it’s just me, but my level of comfort in the abilities of those at the head of the Poker Player’s Alliance is waning considerably.  The PPA is a non-profit membership organization comprised of online and live poker players that have joined together in the United States to lobby for the game of poker.  The idea behind the PPA was to create an organization that assists in educating lawmakers about the “good things” in poker, and to keep it legal in every State, all the while looking out for the best interests of the poker players.

Every big name poker pro that I can think of has voiced their support of the PPA, and for a long time now, I’ve bought into their message that they’ve been sending which has been “We’re fighting the good fight to keep online poker legal and working to protect the rights of poker players as a whole.”  I don’t know the real ins and outs of what they’re doing on a daily basis, but their website has made it very simple to email, call, and tweet my members of congress, city officials, and establish a line of communication to the White House concerning legal matters in the poker industry.  I’ve deferred to them on more than one occasion on issues with respect to the “best courses of action” for the game, and taken them at their word that they’re making the best decisions for furthering the game to the benefit of the players, and passing laws that are the most beneficial to those of us that love the game. Read more…

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