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DOJ Seizes Online Poker Site Domains 379

Posted by Soulskill
from the know-when-to-fold-em dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Federal authorities have seized Internet domain names used by three major poker companies. The indictment charges eleven defendants (PDF), including the founders of PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker, with bank fraud, money laundering and illegal gambling offenses, according to Federal authorities in New York. The United States also filed a civil money laundering and in rem forfeiture complaint against the poker companies, their assets, and the assets of several payment processors for the poker companies."
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DOJ Seizes Online Poker Site Domains

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  • Victimless "crime" (Score:3, Insightful)

    by jrj102 (87650) * on Friday April 15, 2011 @03:30PM (#35832868) Homepage

    I'm just glad to hear that all of the crimes against victims have been solved and the perpetrators brought to justice, giving the DOJ time to focus on victimless "crimes" like online poker.

    At least I assume that's what happened.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 15, 2011 @03:35PM (#35832936)

    I'm just glad to hear that all of the crimes against victims have been solved and the perpetrators brought to justice, giving the DOJ time to focus on victimless "crimes" like online poker.

    At least I assume that's what happened.

    I was under the same impression when they started cracking down on medical marijuana dispensaries and performing legwork for the RIAA and MPAA...

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 15, 2011 @03:36PM (#35832940)

    Why the fuck is this story listed under "Censorship"?? The internet domain seizure is but a small piece of a huge case the Feds are bringing, and it has nothing do with censorship at all.

    Its all a part of charging these sites with bank fraud, money laundering, and illegal gambling offenses.

    As usual Slashdot gets the story completely wrong.

  • Re:Fed up (Score:3, Insightful)

    by IgnoramusMaximus (692000) on Friday April 15, 2011 @03:38PM (#35832980)

    These government assholes can go fsck themselves. America is screwed. Free country my ass.

    Particularly obnoxious here is the stench of utter corruption and duplicity when it comes to US government and gambling: you see gambling is eeeevil ..... unless its the US or State governments who run the casinos, or their anointed cronies, in which case its just an innocent, family past-time ...

  • Re:Fed up (Score:5, Insightful)

    by geek (5680) on Friday April 15, 2011 @03:42PM (#35833060) Homepage

    So don't play? It's not rocket science.

  • by BigHungryJoe (737554) on Friday April 15, 2011 @03:43PM (#35833080) Homepage

    The online poker industry is young yet and has not had time to establish a strong lobby in Washington, DC. Once they do, it will become a respectable, job-creating industry run by innovators that make this economy strong... and these sorts of stories will disappear.

  • by WrongSizeGlass (838941) on Friday April 15, 2011 @03:49PM (#35833156)

    I'm just glad to hear that all of the crimes against victims have been solved and the perpetrators brought to justice, giving the DOJ time to focus on victimless "crimes" like online poker.

    At least I assume that's what happened.

    I could also be about the $3 Billion [cnn.com] in civil penalties they are going after. From the link:

    Prosecutors also filed civil charges against the poker companies and several individual "payment processors," seeking at least $3 billion in penalties.

  • Re:Hmm (Score:5, Insightful)

    by MLease (652529) on Friday April 15, 2011 @03:57PM (#35833262)

    Well, that's why online gambling is illegal. The guys behind those casinos don't want the competition, and have paid their lackeys in Congress to keep them off the playing field.

    -Mike

  • Re:Fed up (Score:5, Insightful)

    by gknoy (899301) <gknoy@NospAm.anasazisystems.com> on Friday April 15, 2011 @04:02PM (#35833330)

    It's entirely possible to imagine a fair gambling establishment, or of playing with a group of players where no one was cheating. The fact that many WOULD cheat doesn't mean that it's impossible not to.

    Many gambling games (slots, etc) are stacked in the house's favor, yes. Poker, though, is a game of skill (with some random factors) between players, where the house takes a cut of the pot. A fair gambling establishment would ensure that no player was cheating the other players, and that the dealer was not favoring anyone. It would be like having professional Magic the Gathering leagues that play for big money: fairness is both possible and desired, but some people will always want to try to cheat. Good establishments will try to minimize that.

  • by Charliemopps (1157495) on Friday April 15, 2011 @04:03PM (#35833348)
    Amendment V to the United States Constitution

    No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifth_Amendment_to_the_Constitution_of_the_United_States

    Explain to me how a Government body can seize your private property when you have not even been charged with a crime yet, much less convicted. In the case of these businesses, the seizure is likely costing them millions of dollars in revenue. Their guilt is obvious but if the government can shut down your entire business by simply filing an indictment, which is not even an accusation until a grand jury reviews it, that is without a doubt censorship.

    What if the the justice department files an indictment against a major candidate for president for election fraud and shuts down his website in the middle of an election? What they can do to the unsavory, they can do to us all.

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.

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