Jul 28, 2012 |

The Week That Was: Busy Week for Black Friday Defendants

There’s been increased speculation this week about the potential of a PokerStars acquisition of FullTilt and its assets, but for now the Black Friday news is centered around the fates of several payment processors involved in the indictments. Action is about to heat up on the felt as well as the post-WSOP schedule is heating […]

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Jul 26, 2012 |

Payment Processor Ira Rubin Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison

(Image courtesy of justice.gov) Less than a week after Absolute Poker payment processing head Brent Beckley received his sentence for his role, another of the Black Friday defendants was given his fate. Ira Rubin, one of 11 people indicted on April 15, 2011 in connection with conspiracy charges related to illegal online gambling, bank fraud, […]

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Jul 24, 2012 |

Absolute Poker’s Brent Beckley Sentenced to 14 Months in Jail

While Ray Bitar awaits his fate after turning himself in to the FBI earlier this month, another of the eleven figures indicted on Black Friday learned his fate Monday Afternoon. Brent Beckley, who became the head of payment processing for Absolute Poker in 2003, was sentenced to 14 months in jail for charges related to […]

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Jan 22, 2012 |

The Week That Was: Legal Drama, Aussie Paydays & The RCAs

Boeree is one of this year’s Readers Choice Winners The New Year is in full swing, and the poker world is running on all cylinders with events running in Australia, New Jersey, LA, and Biloxi. ┬áIn addition to a nonstop glut of tournaments, this week has also been full of big announcements, some good some […]

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Jan 17, 2012 |

Ira Rubin Pleads Guilty to Three Black Friday Charges

Less than a month after Absolute Poker co-founder Brent Beckley pleaded guilty to several charges leveled against him in the April 15th indictment from the Department of Justice, another man named in the indictment has agreed to a plea bargain. Payment processor Ira Rubin pleaded guilty to three charges in a Manhattan federal court today. […]

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Dec 20, 2011 |

AP Co-Founder Brent Beckley Pleads Guilty to Black Friday Charges

After several months with little to no news on the whereabouts or standing of Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet, Absolute Poker co-founder Brent Beckley made headlines in the mainstream press by turning himself in to authorities and pleading guilty to counts of conspiracy to violate the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) and conspiracy to […]

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Apr 26, 2011 |


After a weekend with little news and lots of speculation, things are starting to happen in response to the Department of Justice seizure of online poker sites. There are still plenty of unanswered questions, but there have been some big developments over the past week, including announcements from ESPN, the first plea from one of […]

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