On Wednesday April 20, 2011 PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker have reached a domain-name agreement with the US Department of Justice to get their domain back if they agree to stop providing online poker to US poker players.
For example the actual agreement states:
“The Agreement does not prohibit, and, in fact, expressly allows for, FTP to provide for, and facilitate, players outside of the United States to engage in playing online poker for real money through the Domain, or any other domain names, sub-domain names, websites, or Internet-based means of communication under the control of FTP.”
The agreement states that the return of the domains is to help facilitate the return of US poker player funds. So Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars will continue to offer real money poker games to countries other than the USA. This is good as it means player funds are safe and secure and will be returned (although this will take some time). It is also bad news as PokerStars and Full Tilt, 2 of the world largest online poker rooms, will not be allowed back in the United States until online gambling is fully licensed and regulated.
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