Jun 12, 2013 |

PokerStars CEO Forfeits $50 Million to US Government

PokerStars CEO Mark Scheinberg has agreed to pay $50 million in order to settle the US Department of Justice’s forfeiture complaint against the company. The fine stems from civil penalties imposed in response to the allegations that PokerStars lied to US banks about the nature of its business in order to operate online poker in […]

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Apr 15, 2013 |

Ray Bitar Pleads Guilty in Federal Court

Full Tilt Poker founder Ray Bitar has plead guilty to conspiracy charges in a New York federal court. Bitar returned from Ireland during the summer to face charges in a Manhattan federal court he operated Full Tilt Poker as a Ponzi scheme. In a prosecution sweep which shut down operations of the three largest internet […]

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Mar 8, 2013 |

THE FIGHT: Caesars Aims for the Stars

Some weeks, all you can do is shake your head. This past Tuesday the American Gaming Association filed a brief with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement opposing Rational Group’s petition for an Interim Casino Authorization to purchase the Atlantic Club casino. The brief represents the latest skirmish between the brick-and-mortar casinos (which provide […]

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Feb 22, 2013 |

THE FIGHT: Nevada Lines Up for Interstate Poker

It was a week of expected developments in THE FIGHT to legalize online poker, with one unexpected development thrown into the mix. Let’s start with the expected. Yesterday, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval signed an amendment to Nevada’s intrastate online poker law that allows Nevada to enter into online poker agreements with other states without waiting […]

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Feb 19, 2013 |

Chris Ferguson Submits Civil Forfeiture Settlement to DOJ

Chris Ferguson went from an icon of the game to a pariah overnight in the aftermath of Black Friday Nearly two years after Black Friday shook the poker industry to its core, Chris Ferguson is finally set to see his legal issues come to an end. Ferguson submitted a settlement offer to the DOJ for […]

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Jan 1, 2013 |

The Year That Was: December 2012

December 2012 Cover It was an interesting year for the poker industry. While the United States moved slowly towards legalized online poker and continued to feel the aftershocks of Black Friday, the live tournament circuit continued to grow here and abroad. Despite the disappearance of much of the televised poker programming that the ousted online […]

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Dec 19, 2012 |

Lederer Settles Black Friday Civil Case

Howard Lederer’s settlement leaves Chris Ferguson and Ray Bitar as the only Black Friday defendants who have yet to settle. Former Full Tilt Poker President, Manager, Director and owner Howard Lederer settled the Black Friday civil suit brought against him by the U.S. government, agreeing to penalties and asset forfeitures totaling more than $2.5 million. […]

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Nov 29, 2012 |

Rafe Furst Agrees to Settlement with DOJ on Black Friday Charges

Rafe Furst settled the civil charges filed against him by the DOJ on Black Friday, but admitted no wrongdoing. Rafe Furst became the first of the four ownership figures associated with Tiltware to reach a settlement with the Department of Justice on Black Friday-related charges. In documents filed Wednesday with the United States District Court […]

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Nov 28, 2012 |

The Pro’s Pro with Joseph Hebda

Joseph Hebda relocated to Canada after Black Friday The Pro’s Pro appears in each issue of BLUFF Magazine and is also featured on BluffMagazine.com. In it, we look at the lives and careers of some of the most successful tournament pros traveling the circuit today. This edition takes a look at Joseph Hebda, who is […]

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Jul 31, 2012 |

Poker Community Reacts to PokerStars-Full Tilt Poker Deal

Blair Hinkle at the 2012 WSOP – Read his Reaction from Tuesday Below One of the largest developments in the ongoing battle for online poker in the United States took place Tuesday when the U.S. Department of Justice announced that PokerStars completed a deal to acquire the assets of Full Tilt Poker. Many poker players […]

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