Los Angeles, CA
Hat tip to Kevin Mathers for the info on the latest round of indictments from the DOJ which targeted sportsbook, and in the process a few online poker rooms like Doyle's Roomwere nabbed as collateral damage. Here's the official press release.
The covert investigation is something out of The Wire or out of a Hollywood pitch meeting. The Feds (a joint task force with Homeland Security, IRS, and Customs Agents) created a fake payment processor, Linwood, and the online casinos, online poker rooms, and sportsbooks approached them to do business. The Feds acquired a plethora of inside info during their two-year sting, which they used to build a case and bring down a new batch of online gaming sites.
Domain shutdowns on Monday included DoylesRoom.com, BookMaker.com, BetEd.com, TruePoker.com, 2Betsdi.com, Funtimebingo.com, Goldenarchcasino.com, Betmaker.com, Betgrandesports.com, and Betehorse.com.
BookMaker is one of the larger online sportsbooks in the sportsbetting industry. I don't have an account there, but I had one at BetEd. Just last week I had the VIP manager offering me an unbelievable bonus to fund my account.
The even nabbed a Keno and bingo site. Professional Keno Player Neil Fontent just lost his sponsorship and I know he's pissed. And how about all those grandmas sitting at home and hopped up on pharmies? What are they gonna do now without Funtimebingo.com?
By the way, Doyle Brunson left Doyle's Room recently. The Godfather bailed before the shitstorm. Good timing for Dolly, eh? Or did he get tipped off ahead of time?
Will there be more indictments to come? Is this the end of everyone who ran over and migrated their online rolls to the Merge network? Is this the Black Friday for the sportsbetting world, or is this just one of many more shakeups in the online gaming world?
I'm starting a running link dump as info comes forth, feel free to drop links into the comments....
First of all, CrazyMarco and gang at QuadJacks Radio are broadcasting live about the breaking news of the second wave of indictments. Listen here.Thanks again to KevMath for his research assistance.
Gambling web sites, international bank accounts seized in federal sting. (The Republic)
Online poker "payment processor" admits U.S. charges. (Portfolio)
Baltimore feds target online gambling. (Baltimore Sun)
More Domains Seized. (Subject Poker)
Inside the Indictments and Inside the Press Release (Subject Poker)
Black Friday continues-True Poker and Bookmaker indictments 5/23/11. (2+2)
Feds Seize More Online Gambling Websites (G911)
The Ghost Hand: Maryland law enforcers aim to take the pot by secretly sitting at the online gambling table (Baltimore City Paper)
Black Monday? has a list of the laws violated by the sites in question and links to the indictments. (Pokerati)
Linwood Affidavit. (Scribd)
Ten More Sites Seized in New Poker-Related Indictments (Bluff)
Stay tuned for more info...