Due to the latest PokerStars and FullTiltPoker ban in the USA, both popular online internet poker rooms have closed their sites to the USA, this can be seen when visiting either PokerStars.com or FullTiltPoker.com the .com domain names have been seized by the FBI for violations. “This domain name has been seized by the FBI” along with a DOJ and FBI logo is now visible on both sites.
No doubt both online poker giants will contest the action taken by the US government, but it may be days, months or even years until a legal agreement is reached. I would guess the next time either PokerStars or Full Tilt Poker are active in the USA again is when or rather if they obtain a license to operate legally by means of a license.
If you are one of those millions of USA poker players looking for an alternate poker site, currently Carbon Poker, Bodog Poker and UWinPoker are still allowing American players to play for real money. We have reviews about these three alternate poker rooms for USA poker players in the right hand menu, poker rooms still available for real money play are labelled with a small American flag.
Online Poker Closed in the USA
All the poker rooms implicated in the latest shut down, have closed off real money games in the USA but have assured players with real money account balances that their funds are safe, we are still not 100% sure about how they plan on making payment out to those who request it bearing in mind several US banks and money processors were also implicated.
PokerStars Closed in the USA
While PokerStars is closed to the USA poker players, most of the rest of the world can still access the site via their new domain PokerStars.eu
In a recent email sent out to affiliates, Poker Stars said: “We are reaching out to you in light of the recent developments in relation to our US business, following which PokerStars does not offer its services to US residents.
Please note that PokerStars non-US operation continues as usual and is the largest in the world.”
Full Tilt Poker Closed in the USA
Full tilt poker is also closed to USA poker players; those living in other parts of the world can find FullTiltPoker.com at their new URL FullTiltPoker.co.uk
UB.com is also now closed to the USA
Like the other two UltimateBet and AbsolutePoker were also implicated in the latest ban on USA poker players. Both UB.com and AbsolutePoker.com have been seized and are now operating to the rest of the world under ubpoker.eu and absolutepoker.eu respectively.
We will continue to post news about the latest developments regarding poker in the USA and the moves the big rooms plan on taking to counter the domain name seizure.
In the mean time until this mess is hopefully sorted out, the sooner the better we will also keep finding alternative poker sites to Pokerstars in the USA.