Top US Online Casinos
1. Jumba Bet Casino - $25 No-Deposit Bonus Plus a $1,200 Welcome Welcome package.
2. Bovada - Best bitcoin casino and massive welcome bonus worth 100% up to $3,000 Free.
3. Lucky Creek - 66 Free Spins Plus 166% up to $266 Free.

Black Friday Defendants Seek Dismissal

5 October 2011 by admin

gavelTwo individuals indicted on Black Friday are seeking a dismissal of the charges. Lawyers for John Campos and Chad Elie are asking for the charges to be dropped, partly on the grounds that poker does not constitute illegal gambling. The entire online gambling world will watch closely for an answer from the court.

Elie and Campos were charged for their role in processing the payments for online poker transactions between players and Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker and PokerStars. Both defendants pleaded not guilty to charges of violating UIGEA, operating an illegal gambling business, wire fraud, bank fraud and conspiracy to launder money. The lawyers say that their clients shouldn’t be charged for violating UIGEA because the law exempts financial transaction providers. They also say that that the defendants were not involved in an online gambling business. As for the wire fraud, the counsel says that the statute doesn’t apply because the banks actually made money off of the transactions.

A second challenge to the indictment would have farther reaching consequences. The lawyers are also laying out a case that online poker rooms are not gambling companies at all. They say that the poker sites only collect fees to allow individuals to play poker against each other. The house does not participate in the game and players use their own skills to determine who wins. It is not the first challenge stating that because poker is a game of skill it is not gambling, but it may end up being the biggest.

Comments are closed.