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  • Update on the EOG/Bookmaker freeroll

    The freeroll could still be 2 weeks out before we get to play again..

    I also asked about the $2500 freeroll that Bookmaker puts on because some have inquired and it would be about the same time, 2 weeks

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    Re: Update on the EOG/Bookmaker freeroll

    I sw this article today. With Bookmake being named does this mean a longer delay or end of our freerolls??

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - An Illinois man admitted in federal court on Monday to helping large online poker websites dodge U.S. gambling laws by processing millions of dollars in payments from his home in Costa Rica and lying to banks about the nature of the transactions.

    So-called "payment processor" Bradley Franzen, 41, pled guilty in New York to criminal charges of conspiracy to commit bank fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and being part of operating an illegal gambling business. He faces a possible maximum prison term of 30 years.

    Franzen was among 11 people whose indictment was announced by federal prosecutors in New York last month when authorities seized the Internet domain names for Absolute Poker, Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars.

    Prosecutors accused the companies and the people they hired into tricking regulators and banks into illegally processing $3 billion in payments.

    Online gambling has been illegal in the United States since 2006. However, some U.S. lawmakers have talked recently about legalizing Internet gambling and regulating it.

    Meanwhile, two new indictments were unsealed on Monday charging two businesses and three people with operating an illegal gambling business and money laundering, prosecutors said there.

    As part of the case, 10 Internet sites were seized under a court order, including Bookmaker.com and Truepoker.com. Eleven bank accounts were also seized in the United States, Guam, Panama, Malta, Portugal and the Netherlands.

    Those charged include ThrillX Systems Ltd, which was doing business as BetED; K23 Financial Services, which was doing business as BMX Entertainment; Ann Marie Puig of Costa Rica, and Darren Wright and David Parchomchuk of Canada.

    During the plea hearing in the New York case, Franzen, who is from Illinois and has a home in Costa Rica, told the court he was contacted by an Internet poker company in 2009.

    "I was aware that most U.S. banks did not process the payments ... and I understood U.S. law prohibits it," Franzen said.

    Asked by U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin Nathaniel Fox at the plea proceeding how much money was involved, Franzen said: "I do understand in general terms that it was millions of dollars, but I don't know how much."

    He said he conducted most of his business from his residence in Costa Rica.

    Franzen's lawyer, Sam Schmidt, declined to comment on the contents of what the judge described as "agreements and understandings" with the government that are contained in a May 10 letter.

    Eight of those charged, including the three founders of the websites, are at large outside the United States.

    The cases are USA v Tzvetkoff et al and USA v Franzen, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, No. 10-336.

    (Reporting by Grant McCool, additional reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky in Washington; editing by Andre Grenon

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    • #3
      Re: Update on the EOG/Bookmaker freeroll

      I would guess you can kiss it all goodbye.
      I've done the math enough to know the dangers of our second guessing.

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      • #4
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        hmm ive read that at a few places and bookmaker was not in any of those articles

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        • #5
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          yeah I know...now Bookmaker name is popping up in these articles?? I do not know what to belive anymore. if it is true I think this thing is over. Bodog used to offer 2 $500 freerolls everyday. When the Pokerstars fiascoe started they stopped having these freerolls. Probably the same thing might happen here as well?? I guess we will see

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          • #6
            Re: Update on the EOG/Bookmaker freeroll

            Just to let some of you know, yes, the bookmaker/dsi/betcris and truepoker sites has pretty much been seized. I had a casino tourney to play but it got seized, I honestly think the free roll stuff is over. Feds are on it like crazy, if anyone has good amount of winnings, start cashing out. It's not looking good for online poker now. Sportsbook is still going to be okay but watch out for Online poker and casino to maybe go down.

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            • #7
              Re: Update on the EOG/Bookmaker freeroll

              Doesn't sound good for Poker...Bookmaker has different web address and Sports operating without a problem.

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              • #8
                Re: Update on the EOG/Bookmaker freeroll

                yep...looks bad 3 weeks after they change software and still NON of the old freerolls they used to offer. Seems Bodog is the only place I can play semi-safely for now

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                • #9
                  Re: Update on the EOG/Bookmaker freeroll

                  I saw Bookmaker running some "test" tournys today that required a password to register. Entrants were the TrueTech's. Hopefully this moves us closer to the EOG $1000 Free Play Tourny resuming.
                  I've done the math enough to know the dangers of our second guessing.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Update on the EOG/Bookmaker freeroll

                    Just logged on Bookmaker to see what was going on, Was surprised to see over 1000 people in poker room, Maybe it's a sign of good things to come.
                    ​ANTI-TOUT

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                    • #11
                      Re: Update on the EOG/Bookmaker freeroll

                      Originally posted by slyone66 View Post
                      Just logged on Bookmaker to see what was going on, Was surprised to see over 1000 people in poker room, Maybe it's a sign of good things to come.
                      That number is somewhat misleading. That number is the total number of players currently playing AND players that are registered for future tournaments. (all the way to November) I saw the number at a little over 1200 the other day. I added up the players that were actively playing tournaments or registered for a tournament that was scheduled for the same day. I subtracted the 354 players that were playing in a freeroll and there ended up being only 153 paying poker players. I would like to see more players and I believe they could attract more business by listing the $1000 FP Tuesday tourney, the $1000 EOG tourney, and the $2500 FP Friday tourney. I have seen many tourneys cancelled lately because it did not meet the minimum number of players.
                      I've done the math enough to know the dangers of our second guessing.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Update on the EOG/Bookmaker freeroll

                        They are running a $7500 guaranteed on Saturdays and a guaranteed $15,000 on Sundays so it looks like things are going in the right direction !!!

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                        • #13
                          Re: Update on the EOG/Bookmaker freeroll

                          nice catch Deal, i should have looked more deeply like you.
                          ​ANTI-TOUT

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                          • #14
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                            thats not 1k on bookmaker, thats 1 k on the whole network and most are from doyles

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                            • #15
                              Re: Update on the EOG/Bookmaker freeroll

                              Pokerscout is a good site to check for active cash game players... Right now it lists 220 playing with 370 peak in the last 24 hours putting it at 32 overall in the rankings...

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