After paying out the Department of Justice, PokerStars will grow even larger, and will continue to operate its real-money gaming site outside of the United States, including Canada. PokerStars has assured the former Full Tilt Poker user base that Full Tilt Poker will be re-launched within the coming months.
It is uncertain whether this civil settlement represents a relaxation from the US government’s hard-line approach that it has taken against online gaming companies over the last 18 months. What is clear, however, is that gaming entities both private and public, such as the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, are ratcheting up their real-money online gaming activities outside of the United States.
As the United States slips further into the minority of online-gaming prohibited jurisdictions, and as more and more gaming operations enter the international realm of the internet, more of such scenarios will undoubtedly unfold in the coming years. What is doubtful, is whether any such scenario will include reaching a deal allowing the indicted company to actually grow as a condition of its release.
By Javad Heydary , Managing Director of Heydary Hamilton PC. Javad regularly advises clients on online gaming issues and complex regulatory and litigation matters.