Online Gambling World Shaken by News of Arrests, Indictments, Subpoenas and Inquiries
It's been a relatively quiet start to the new year so far in the world of online gambling, but all that is about to change dramatically.
While the Poker Players Alliance continues to sit back and watch as online poker operates on a tightrope, Gambling911.com can reveal that there is at least one sealed indictment against an online poker operator who we are ordered not to name by our super source. As Gambling911.com readers are well aware, this "super source" also provided us an absolute potent piece of information pertaining to the indictments of two Neteller officials. The Neteller news was broken by Gambling911.com a full day before the Associated Press picked up on it.
"Here at Gambling911.com we work around the clock!" an angry Payton O'Brien, Senior Editor of Gambling911.com, snarled. "The PPA seems to have abbreviated bankers hours. Someone needs to put fire under their ***es."
Furthermore, U.S. officials have begun inquiries into the founders of PartyGaming. That company is currently in negotiations with the U.S. government and has been for several months now. It is unclear what information is being gathered at this time. PartyGaming trades on the London Stock Exchange.
Meanwhile, Superior Poker executives insist that the individual being held in Italy facing more than 300 years in prison should he be deported back to the U.S. (Gambling911.com incorrectly reported 140 years) was the owner of the sportsbook software that they used. He also ran bingo, poker and sweepstakes type gaming venues. Fraud charges are being levied against this individual. An Italian judge is reluctant to extradite him back to the States due to concerns over what he believes is a "harsh sentence". Italy would set a maximum of just 10 years for the crime he is alleged to have committed in the United States. The gentleman was a licensee of Action Poker. He fell out of favor with them late last year.
As for those subpoenas going around, these are confidential and Gambling911.com can only report they are related to a civil action involving one specific online gambling website and that the subpoenas were issued to an undisclosed number of venues that accept advertising from the gaming site.
Gambling911.com has been working behind the scenes in an effort to have the two dogged parties at odds sit down and discuss the issue.
The poker community in an ultimate display of their power this weekend appeared en masse at the Washington State caucus to vote for Republican U.S. Presidential candidate Ron Paul. Factoring in the "uncommitted" votes, it is widely believed that Paul would have won Washington. His actual percentage was within five points of both John McCain and Mike Huckabee. Gambling911 ran a piece that was widely disseminated regarding Ron Paul's pro-online gambling stance and Washington State's barbaric law that makes the activity a Class C felony in the state.
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