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Major online poker room ordered to halt operations

One of the largest online poker rooms, Full Tilt Poker, was ordered Wednesday to immediately halt operations by authorities on the Channel Island of Alderney, where it is registered, the regulator said. The Gambling Control Commission of Alderney said it had suspended the licence of Full Tilt Poker after US…

Poker domain names unfrozen to allow refunds

WASHINGTON — US authorities said Wednesday they were unfreezing the domain names of two online poker companies targeted in a crackdown on Internet gambling so US players could withdraw their money. The domain names of PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker, three of the largest online poker companies operating…

Judge to fraudster: Play poker or go to prison

As criminal punishments go, this one’s a royal flush. A convicted scam artist in Albuquerque has been given a novel order by the judge sentencing him: Go play poker. Samuel McMaster, Jr., a former insurance agent and poker player, pleaded guilty to 26 felony charges, including securities fraud, in a…

Armed robbers storm German poker tournament, on live television

The masked gang burst into the Grand Hyatt hotel in central Berlin, where the tournament was taking place, threatening security staff and prompting a brief panic, police spokeswoman Heidi Vogt told AFP. Berlin’s Tageszeitung newspaper reported on its website that six raiders armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles and grenades made…

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