The Kahnawake Gaming Commission (KGA) has recently renewed the Secondary Client Provider Authorization (CPA) license for Full Tilt Poker, one of the victims of the US federal government crackdown of Black Friday. Following the crack down and the subsequent seizure of Full Tilt Poker’s domain name by the American Department of Justice (DOJ), the funds of thousands of US online poker players who had accounts at Full Tilt Poker were frozen, and Full Tilt Poker has not yet been able to refund its US players. The KGA’s renewal of Full Tilt Poker’s Secondary CPA license has filled hope in the hearts of former US Full Tilt Poker players who are still waiting for their money.

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The KGA’s license renewal move closely follows the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) order for Full Tilt Poker to “cease to register new customers, accept deposits from existing customers, allow existing customers to withdraw funds that are held in their accounts, and permit customers to participate in any form of poker game play or gambling transaction.”

Full Tilt Poker, one of the largest online poker rooms in the industry, has been suffering intensely ever since the day on which the DOJ seized its domain name, froze funds associated with it, and indicted a number of people associated with processing gambling funds for it. Unfortunately, Full Tilt Poker just failed to refund its US online poker players. Since its domain name was seized and its funds were frozen, it simply could not think of a way to refund its former players.

Ever since Full Tilt Poker collapsed and the AGCC suspended both its licenses until it investigates its various shortcomings, a number of investors have mulled over the idea rejuvenating the site and establishing it as a new brand for European poker players. Although the negotiations are still on, the site has not been sold yet.

The KGA has stated: “to maintain a Secondary CPA, a licensee must maintain a valid license to operate interactive gaming that has been issued by a comparable jurisdiction (the primary jurisdiction).” For this reason, the KGA is closely following the AGCC’s hearing into the status of the gambling licenses it had issued to Filco Limited, which owns the Full Tilt Poker brand.

The AGCC has confirmed that Full Tilt Poker’s licenses, though suspended, will be considered valid till the AGCC finally decides on the online poker site’s fate. The next hearing is scheduled for September 2011.

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