Going against the law, US online poker sites Full Tilt Poker and Poker Stars continued to provide US online poker services to American online poker players and are now facing the consequences of their actions.
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Many online poker players in America expected the US online poker industry to collapse after the introduction of the UIGEA in 2006. However, it continued even after this (albeit illegally), which was mostly due to the presence of two of the largest poker sites in the world – Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars.
Before 2006, and before PokerStars stepped in, PartyPoker was the world’s largest online poker site – it was also the biggest provider of online poker in the US market. Once PartyPoker agreed to quit the US poker industry and paid a fine of $105 million, two other sites called Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars filled in the place of PartyPoker and continued to exist until now.
After the exit of Party Poker, these two sites managed to capture around 70% of the US market share for online poker in the US and 50% of the worldwide market share. In regards to online poker in the US, they earned $1 billion in revenue since a bulk of $30 million is gambled illegally in US online poker rooms every year.
Statistics reveal that as much as 15 million Americans have continued to play poker online for money. However, since “Black Friday” all of this has ended with the FBI taking control of US poker sites like PokerStars, Absolute Poker as well as Full Tilt Poker. All three online poker sites providing accepting deposits from American players have been seized and shut down by the FBI in an ongoing raid. These sites are now facing accusations involving bank fraud, violation of gambling laws and money laundering.
The Department of Justice has asked for more than $3 billion in penalties and forfeiture from these US poker sites, and eleven individuals have been indicted in this regard. The FBI has also got their eyes on 76 bank accounts which they have seized and frozen across 14 countries. Many online poker customers are now worried about their online accounts in these 3 US online poker sites.
What this matter turns into over the next few months is yet to be seen, but there are still several online poker sites that accept US players and players do make use of them all the time.

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