Online Poker

Full Tilt and PokerStars Check Processing Snag Update

by Poker Team

Over the past couple of weeks, many customers of the top two online poker sites, Poker Stars and Full Tilt Poker, have experienced issues in receiving their payouts requests and making deposits. The two were directly affected by recent moves by the U.S. Attorney’s Office to seize the funds of processors for the sites. The main problem was that players who sought out mailed checks were unable to do so as the bank accounts where the funds reside were frozen. Since the original issue, most sites have been able to make necessary adjustments.

On the heels of the issue, players biggest fear, that online poker would be coming to a screeching halt in the United States, was on the verge of happening. However, the sites went out of their way to fix the problem, even going so far as to give the affected players bonuses. For example, Full Tilt Poker made the switch to wire transfers while eating the extra associated costs. The general timeline for this method of payout is about 4-20 calendar days. Players who rely on eChecks and paper checks have seen their privileges restored as well with favorable processing times.

In essence, it appears that the U.S. Attorney’s Office was merely able to temporary slow down cash flow of online poker, but did little, if anything, to deter players from playing. At present time, players are once again able to send and receive payments as they did before, as checks and bank wires are seamlessly going through.

This issue has also kicked the Poker Player’s Alliance into high gear as they further their efforts in defining whether online poker is indeed legal or illegal and if the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) is unconstitutional. It seems the fight is far from over.

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