I was sent and email from a friend whom received a letter from the Poker Players Alliance (PPA) After I read the letter that was sent I laughed so hard. The PPA is a joke; plain and simple. They are not for the poker players of the United States. They PPA is in it for the PPA only. When you read the below email that was sent from the PPA please make sure that you are not eating or drinking. If you are, then I am not responsible for the choking of your food or the spitting of your liquid all over your computer. Here is the email that was sent by the PPA:

The PPA is NOT for the poker players as they say they are.  They say that “April 15, 2011 will forever be a dark day for the online poker community.  Seemingly out of nowhere the U. S. Department of Justice (DoJ) took from us the ability to play online poker on many of the websites we have grown to trust.  While the target of DoJ’s action is on the Internet poker companies and not the player, the poker community is being adversely affected by this prosecution.”

That is further from the truth. These poker sites were knowingly operating Illegally within the United States. How can you trust something that is illegal? Is it trust worthy that if you feel that you have been cheated; there is no legal recourse that a player from the United States can take. You can’t take them to court. Why you may ask? Well you can’t because there is no jurisdiction that will accept a lawsuit because they are all offshore. A judge will simply toss it out of court.  The only truth in this section is the fact that the poker community is being adversely affected. On a quick side note the poker room at Make Poker Legal is not affected and nor ever will be. I play there and have won over a thousand dollars. My bank accepts all payments because they are based in the United States and operate legally and is UIGEA compliant.

Now on to the next section of this ridiculous email. It is said that “These recent developments should be viewed as nothing less than a declaration of war against poker and the people who play the game.  It is a clarion call to all poker players to take action.  We cannot sit idly by and wait for this issue to resolve itself.  We need to let U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder know we are disappointed with his decision to shut down trusted Internet poker sites in the United States and we need to again remind Congress and President Obama that now is the time to pass sensible legislation that licenses and regulates Internet poker in this country.”

This is absurd. A war against poker and the people who play the game? Maybe the correct thing would be a war on illegal poker, not the players. If it were against the players then players would be documented and crimes filed against them. Poker Players should take action. The action to get online poker PROPERLY regulated within the United States. The poker sites should be based in the USA, Incorporated in the United States, pay the proper taxes (remember the money that you deposit sit in an offshore account; which means its money that leaves the country) and be held liable & accountable for any wrong doings that may occur. They should also allow audits on the software and programs on a random basis and/or when requested to do so. In Las Vegas, the Gaming Control Board (GCB) upholds the laws that casinos must follow. The GCB would be a prime candidate in starting the foundation for properly regulated online poker. Not to mention the vast jobs that would be created, which would definitely assist in the economy.

Why would the PPA say that we can not sit idly by and wait? Who are them to tell us what to do when in fact they have not done clearly enough for us the poker players. Since the inception of the PPA one would think that they would have made  more progress than what they have done thus far. They have over 1 million members. So with a $20 (non tax deductible) price tag, on a low end that is 20 million dollar per year revenue that the PPA receives. After the Board of Directors (Alfonse D’Amato, John Pappas, Chris Ferguson, Linda Johnson, Howard Lederer, Rich Muny, Patrick Fleming & Greg Raymer (who left Pokerstars or to the fact rumors that he was asked to leave because the PPA caught wind that the online poker sites were going to be seized and/or shutdown to US players, but there is no confirmation about that.) percentage and the overhead costs that they have to pay, how much of that truly goes to “help the online poker players and community”? I have made several calls over the time span of a year to get a “no comment” answer and never got a email back. What are they hiding?



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I am proud to say that I am not a member nor a supporter of the PPA for well over 3 years. If the PPA has done so much for poker then why isn’t it properly regulated here in the United States? That is alot of money that they collect each year. They also have a “donation” section where one can donate $500, $250, $100, $50, $20, $10, $5 & Other. Those donations are not tax deductible as well. I suggest that we send a message to the PPA and that we will not stand for the PPA BS stance on the game that millions love. You have to pay a membership fee to get information. Well here is a news flash: the guys here at makepokerlegal.com offer the same information and more for free (With the permission of the founder of the site, Ty Warren I was allowed to include this information in my article.) Granted they have an optional offer to accept donations that are non tax deductable; the donations assist in offsetting the costs of the website and those donations never go into the pocket of makepokerlegal.com, just to help offset the costs of giving everyone the information to make a difference in the poker industry. It is also a fact that the PPA pays a company called capwiz %5,000 a month to maintain certain information. That is $5,000 worth of “memberships” and “donations” paying for information you can get at makepokerlegal.com. Now, lets get back to more if this email and breaking it down.

The PPA wants the poker player to “let U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder know we are disappointed with his decision to shut down trusted Internet poker sites in the United States and we need to again remind Congress and President Obama that now is the time to pass sensible legislation that licenses and regulates Internet poker in this country.” Why would the PPA be disappointed with the decision of the stoppage of illegal poker sites? Is the PPA liable for urging poker players to play on something that is illegal to? Is the PPA doing anything illegal? As of today we will never know because they have no comment. Something fishy is going on if you ask me. These sites that are on the indictment should NEVER be allowed back in the United States because they simply violated the law.

Another section of the email states “Today is no day to be a passive poker player.  Your right to your personal property has been trampled on and your recreation, and in some cases livelihoods has been jeopardized.  We need to fight and seize back what is rightfully ours. The PPA wants you and every poker player to take action this week.  Please go to this specially created PPA Action Page to learn what you should do.  If every person who loves poker takes a few minutes to take these actions we will make a huge impact.  Your support of PPA in these efforts ultimately supports your right to play!” Really? The right to your personal property has been trampled on? What is the personal property? Is the illegal poker accounts that were out there? After all they were operating ILLEGALLY. Livelihoods has been jeopardized? No way anyone in the United States livelihoods were legally jeopardized. Chances are that the PPA meant the individuals  who worked for these illegal sites livelihoods were jeopardized. Granted I do not like hearing anyone having these kinds of troubles, but at the same time it boils down to one word, illegal.

Poker players are urged to support Make Poker Legal over the PPA. They are 100% truly for your rights to play poker that is regulated properly. Here they offer the same info and more compared to the PPA. They offer online poker that is legal, the PPA doesnt offer that nor will do. I suggest dropping your renewal membership with the PPA and support the guys here. Feel free to donate to them (I have donated several times). They also have android poker odds poker app and poker sunglasses. I wear them and they are hands down the best poker glasses in the world. I am proud to say that I will always support this website. I tip my hat to Ty Warren, the founder. He had a great vision and I look forward to what is in store in the coming weeks. It will be ground breaking to say the least. On a side note, my opinions are that of mine. I was never compensated (nor want to be) for the promotions of items that Make Poker Legal offers. I fully support everything that they do and am proud of what they stand for. Below are some quick links to some of the items they have for you. Until next time….

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Steve Wynn & PokerStars agreement ended abruptly today following the federal indictment of Isai Scheinberg, CEO of PokerStars. Wynn Resorts entered into an agreement with PokerStars on March 25. The agreement, reported by Forbes, may have hastened the action by the United States. In the original story, Wynn was quoted regarding the United States’ lack of control of online gambling. Wynn said in a statement on March 25 upon signing the agreement, “We are convinced that the lack of regulation of Internet gaming within the United States must change. We must recognize that this activity is occurring and that law enforcement does not have the tools to stop it.”

The statement may have signaled the impending doom of the three largest Internet companies. Two other Internet gaming companies were named in the $3 billion indictment. Absolute Poker and Full Tilt Poker have also been named for violating the 2006 H.R. 4411: Internet Gambling Prohibition and Enforcement Act. Wynn Resorts issued a release that was carried by Forbes website: “Wynn Resorts, Limited announced April 15 that it terminated its alliance with PokerStars, the online poker company. The decision was reached as a result of the indictment unsealed by the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.”

Caesars Entertainment also entered into an agreement with an Internet gaming company, 888 Holdings, at the same time, but the United Kingdom-based 888 Holdings has stayed out of the United States Internet gaming market. Caesars Entertainment and Wynn Resorts sought approval from the Nevada Gaming Commission before entering into their agreements. Fertitta Interactive, co-owned by Frank Fertitta III, Lorenzo Fertitta, Tom Breitling and Tim Poster, associated with Stations Casinos, also released a statement in regards to their relationship with FullTilt Poker.

The statement carried by the Las Vegas Review Journal detailed their severance with FullTilt Poker: “The deal between FullTilt Poker and Fertitta Interactive was contingent upon the passage of federal legislation legalizing Internet poker, our own internal due diligence, and a finding of suitability for gaming licensure.” How will this affect the Nevada Gaming Commission’s recent activity related to legalizing Internet gaming in Nevada? It may actually help the cause of Nevada-based casino companies that have patiently waited on the sidelines to see what will happen to these Internet gaming giants. Two members of PokerStars have already been arrested.


This news comes as the Nevada legislature is debating AB 258, a law to legalize online gaming in Nevada. The law is supported by PokerStars. There are lobbyists for PokerStars on the ground in Nevada at the moment working to pass AB 258. Nevada could take advantage of this opening once the millions of irate online poker players make their voices heard. Establishing online poker companies in the continental United States will keep United States money within the countries’ borders. It is estimated that many of these online gaming companies are making in excess of one billion dollars a year, per company. The internet gaming business is believed to be grossing more than $26 billion dollars a year as an industry.

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Daniel Tzvetkoff may be the engine behind today’s online poker site seizures and Federal indictment. Daniel Tzvetkoff was arrested about year ago in Las Vegas. He was eventually released on bail in September. Tzvetkoff’s business was consisted of payments for repayments on short term loans, funds that were transferred to prepaid debit cards & purchases via e-commerce instead of online poker transactions. In 2009 it was made public that Tzvetkoff’s company called Intabill supposedly owed a whopping amount of $25 million Pokerstars & Full Tilt Poker. He also allegedly owed $3 million to Absolute Poker & $2 million to Golden Palace.

There was a lawsuit filed in June 2009 against Intabill by BT Projects & Kolyma Corporation AVV in the amount of $52 million. It was reported that Tzvetkoff was making a little over $150,000 each day. In Intabill’s prime, they had well over 5,000 customers. That is alot of money when you do the math. A little over a year ago, April 2010 Tzvetkoff was arrested in Las Vegas. He was charged with the same crimes as the founders of Pokerstars, Full Tilt Poker & Absolute Poker on April 15, 2011. Those crimes include money laundering, bank fraud, wire fraud. You can view the indictment http://makepokerlegal.com/blog/2011/04/16/complete-doj-indictment-on-full-tilt-pokerstars-and-absolute-poker-released

Daniel Tzvetkoff was considered as a flight risk due to the fact that he was wealthy as well as a citizen of Australia. It was reported that Daniel Tzvetkoff had a meeting with prosecutors that was kept a secret and was released on bail. It is a “coincidence” that the founders of Pokerstars, Full Tilt Poker & Absolute Poker are facing the same crimes and extensive jail time. It is also reported that Full Tilt Poker & Pokerstars gave information about Tzvetkoff location in Las Vegas which lead to his arrest. Maybe Tzvetkoff is getting his revenge. It is no secret that you can get off charges if you cooperate and give information for the justice system to “get the bigger fish” (no pun intended).  Stay tuned to MakePokerLegal.com for the latest news regarding this turn in events.

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Federal prosecutors today unsealed a sweeping indictment against Isai Scheinberg and Raymond Bitar, founders of the world’s biggest online poker companies, and moved to try to shut down their businesses. The indictment filed by Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney in Manhattan, charges Scheinberg, the founder of PokerStars, and Bitar, the founder of Full Tilt Poker, as well as nine other individuals, accusing them of operating illegal gambling businesses. Federal prosecutors also filed a civil lawsuit seeking $3 billion in civil money laundering penalties, alleging the online poker companies disguised money they received from U.S. poker players as payments to online merchants selling jewelry and golf balls.

The U.S. Attorney in Manhattan moved to try to shut down the online poker business in America by seizing five Internet domain names, including pokerstars.com and fulltiltpoker.com, used by the three main companies facilitating online poker games in the U.S. In addition, a federal judge issued a restraining order against 76 bank accounts in 14 countries utilized by those online poker firms. The indictment sets up a complicated global legal battle between the Department of Justice and the online poker entrepreneurs who have long argued that their operations in the U.S. do not violate U.S. law. Indeed, in recent days, one of the nation’s most prominent casino billionaires, Steve Wynn, announced a strategic relationship with PokerStars and said “in the United States of America the Justice Department has an opinion but several states have ruled and courts have agreed that poker is a game of skill, it’s not gambling. PokerStars rests their argument on that.”

But in a 51-page indictment filed in federal court in Manhattan, federal prosecutors allege that PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker, “used fraudulent methods to avoid restrictions and to receive billions of dollars from United States residents who gambled.” The indictment largely focuses on financial transactions, claiming the online poker companies violated a 2006 law that Congress passed to cut off the flow of cash to online gambling companies, saying the firms “deceived or directed others to deceive United States banks and financial institutions into processing billions of dollars in payments.”

Here is the complete Department of Justice Indictment regarding the seizure of Pokerstars, Full Tilt Poker & Absolute Poker Domains and the blocking of these domains for poker players in the USA.

UPDATE

- Full Tilt’s Onyx Cup has been cancelled at least temporarily but most likely forever. Full Tilt Poker has not yet released any official statement regarding the Onyx Cup

- ESPN has removed the PokerStars sponsored “Inside Dea”l from the ESPN.com website. Nothing official has came from the network yet. The ESPN Poker Club which was powered by PokerStars is no longer available.

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