FullTilt, PokerStars si AbsolutePoker busite de FBI

"Online poker sites PokerStars.com, FullTiltPoker.com and AbsolutePoker.com were today seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), according to Forbes. The owners of the mentioned sites have been charged with accusations of fraud and illegal gambling.
This online poker sites allegedlly invested big time on MMA and UFC sponsorship and their shutdown could severly affect the the world of mixed martial arts. Sam Spira who co-owns Xtreme Couture management told MMAjunkie, "This is a disturbing development, Full Tilt was one of the remaining pro-fighter sponsors that has strongly supported MMA over the past few years. The importance of the ongoing interplay between supporters and fans of poker and supporters and fans of MMA cannot be underestimated."

Although Internet gambling is illegal in the U.S. since 2006, but the FBI has having a hard time since this online poker companies which caters to U.S. residents have operated overseas. There were total of 11 online poker owners were cited in today's charges, according to MSNBC.

The government is said to be seeking $3 billion from the online gambling companies in money-laundering penalties, to those invloved on the the FBI's biggest online gambling bust. FBI said that arrest were made in deffirent places in the country at the same time civil money-laundering charges were also filed, a some 76 involved bank accounts have been seized.

This might be a instant big blow to the millions or maybe billions of poker players online who still have money transsactions on the said websites."