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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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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Dec 27, 2012 |

The Year That Was: July 2012

BLUFF cover July 2012 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 […]

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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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Sep 11, 2012 |

DOJ Alleges Lederer/Bitar Funded Assets with Illegal Funds in Complaint

The U.S. DOJ seeks $42.5 million in forfeitures from Howard Lederer. The United States Department of Justice has filed a second amended civil complaint involving the Black Friday case dating back to April 15, 2011. The amended complaint targets assets that were allegedly purchased with illegal proceeds, and they include homes and/or cars purchased by […]

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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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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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Jul 9, 2012 |

Full Tilt Poker CEO Ray Bitar Granted Bail

Ray Bitar is headed back to his home in California after being granted bail Monday. (Photo courtesy Wicked Chops Poker) After four court appearances spanning seven days, Ray Bitar was granted bail Monday by a federal magistrate judge in lower Manhattan. He is expected to be released from custody Monday fternoon. Bitar, wearing navy scrubs […]

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Jul 2, 2012 |

Full Tilt Poker CEO Ray Bitar Surrenders to US Authorities

Ray Bitar turned himself in to US authorities Monday to face charges from Black Friday (Wicked Chops photo) For the first time since Black Friday, Full Tilt Poker CEO Ray Bitar is on American soil. Bitar surrendered to the FBI in New York on Monday to begin dealing with the Black Friday charges laid against […]

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Mar 29, 2012 |

Judge Refuses Plea Deal in Campos Case

There is a new wrinkle in the Black Friday case of John Campos. The Vice Chair of SunFirst Bank in Utah reached a plea agreement for a single misdemeanor conspiracy charge earlier this week, but now the judge presiding over the case is refusing to immediately accept the plea. According to the Associated Press, US […]

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