In addition to forfeiting $547 million to the U.S., under the terms of the settlement withPokerStars, the company must make available to foreign players all balances that were held inthe Full Tilt accounts within 90 days; the amount of those balances is approximately $184million. Pokerstars will also acquire the Forfeited Full Tilt Assets from the Government.PokerStars’ acquisition of the Forfeited Full Tilt Assets will be complete upon the Government’sreceipt of a $225 million payment from PokerStars, which must take place within six days of theentrance of today’s settlement.Additional terms of the PokerStars settlement include:
Within 45 days of the acquisition of the Forfeited Full Tilt Assets, Isai Scheinberg,who is presently under indictment in a related criminal case, shall not serve in anymanagement or director role at PokerStars. This provision is subject to re-evaluationby the parties upon the resolution of the criminal case.
PokerStars is also prohibited from employing, or otherwise hiring, Full Tilt Pokerinsiders Raymond Bitar, Howard Lederer, Rafael Furst, Chris Ferguson, and NelsonBurtnick. Bitar and Burtnick are also named as defendants in a related criminalIndictment. Bitar, Lederer, Furst, and Ferguson are named as civil money-launderingdefendants in this complaint.
PokerStars is prohibited from offering online poker in the U.S. for real money unlessand until it is legal to do so under U.S. law.
The Government will maintain a portion of the $547 million forfeited by PokerStarsas a substitute for the forfeited Full Tilt assets to cover the litigation of claims byother parties asserting interests in the Forfeited Full Tilt Assets.
The settlements entered today with regard to Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars, and theproposed settlement with regard to Absolute Poker
do not constitute admissions of anywrongdoing, culpability, liability, or guilt by any parties. Under the terms of a “domain nameuse” agreement entered into between PokerStars and the Government on April 20, 2011, thecompany previously settled its accounts with U.S. players.In a related matter, the U.S. Attorney’s office also filed a motion requesting that theCourt enter a settlement agreement reached with Absolute Poker/Ultimate Bet that requires thecompany to forfeit all of its assets (the “Absolute Assets”) in order to fully resolve this action.The motion also requests that the Government be permitted to liquidate the Absolute Assets,with the net proceeds of that sale to be held pending the resolution of claims filed by otherparties who have asserted an ownership interest in the Absolute Assets.The following allegations are based on the Amended Civil Forfeiture Complaint filed inSeptember and the Indictments returned in the related criminal action:On October 13, 2006, the United States enacted the Unlawful Internet GamblingEnforcement Act (“UIGEA”), making it a federal crime for gambling businesses to “knowinglyaccept” most forms of payment “in connection with the participation of another person inunlawful Internet gambling.” Despite the passage of the UIGEA, Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars,and Absolute Poker/Ultimate Bet (“the Poker Companies”), each located offshore, continued