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Poker Pro Files Suit in Wake of Online Poker Crackdown: In April 2011, in connection with a criminal indictment, federal prosecutors filed a civil complaint against the three online poker companies — Poker Stars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker/Ultimate Bet — as well as various third-party payment processors, seeking approximately $3 billion in money laundering penalties and forfeiture of the websites’ domain names. See United States v. PokerStars, et al., 11 Civ. 2564 (LBS) (S.D.N.Y.). The complaint, filed in the Southern District of New York, alleges that the poker companies and payment processors disguised money received from U.S. poker players to deceive banks into processing billions of dollars of payments. The indictment and complaint resulted in the effective shutdown of those websites and left their U.S. customers wondering how to retrieve already-deposited funds.

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