As news that will be greeted with much relief, the major online poker site Full Tilt Poker has announced that they will be staying in the US market. While this move is seen as potentially risky by legal analysts in the poker world, Full Tilt Poker is still a privately owned company that has more flexibility than a publicly traded companies. Public companies such as PartyGaming, owners of Party Poker and 888 Holdings, owner of Pacific Poker, have both announced separately their plans on withdrawing from the US market when President Bush signs into law the Unlawful Internet Gambling Act this week.

In their announcement, Full Tilt was quick to point out that the Unlawful Internet Gambling Act did not criminalize the act of playing poker. From their press release:

As an online poker player, you have probably heard about the new legislation passed by the U.S. Congress earlier this week that attempts to prevent you from being able to transfer money to online gaming sites.

While this new law has prompted some sites to announce plans to abandon the U.S. market in coming days, we assure you that Full Tilt Poker will continue to provide all of its players – both inside and outside of the United States – with a full complement of real money ring games and tournaments for their enjoyment.

After consultation with numerous legal experts in this field, we want to make you aware of the following:

Legal
The new U.S. legislation does not in any way attempt to criminalize the act of you playing online poker. By playing online at Full Tilt Poker, you are not breaking any U.S. Federal laws.

Full Access
The passage of the new Internet Gaming law will not have any impact on your day-to-day experience at Full Tilt Poker. We will provide all of our players, everywhere in the world, with full access to all of our games and tournaments.

Easy Deposits and Withdrawals
We will continue to provide our players with all of the safe, secure and convenient methods for transferring money to and from the site. In fact, in recent discussions with our payment processors, we have been assured that this new law will have no immediate impact on their day-to-day business. And as always, any monies that you have on deposit with Full Tilt Poker remain completely safe and secure.

Furthermore, we firmly believe that online poker is not encompassed by this new legislation. In any event, we will continue to lobby for an express carve-out for online poker and for your right to play a truly American game from the privacy of your own home and computer.

We are excited about the future here at Full Tilt Poker and in the coming weeks and months, we plan to roll out many new features designed to enhance your online poker experience.

We appreciate your loyalty to our site and, in turn, want you to know that we will remain loyal to our valued players in the United States and throughout the world.

We look forward to seeing you at the table.

Sincerely,

Full Tilt Poker (www.fulltiltpoker.com)

The editors at Tight Poker are personally glad to hear that Full Tilt will be staying, as they have quickly become one of the premier internet poker sites by having an all-star cast of poker professionals. For those that don't know, such famous figures such as Howard Lederer, Phil Ivey, Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, Phil Gordon, Gus Hansen, Jennifer Harmon and Clonie Gowen are all part of the Full Tilt cast.

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