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After yesterday’s indictment of its owners, PokerStars, formerly making its home on the URL, will now move to according to a post from a site representative on TwoPlusTwo. The new domain loads normally from all parts of the world and boasts that nearly 150,000 players are logged in at the time of writing.

PokerStars cut off real money play from the United States on Friday afternoon after the U.S. Department of Justice issued indictments against 11 men, including PokerStars founders Isai Scheinberg and Paul Tate. went live shortly thereafter and a PokerStars representative posted about it on TwoPlusTwo around Midnight ET.

“PokerStars Steve” explained, “The PokerStars website has been moved to, and the PokerStars Support email address is now [email protected] PokerStars apologizes to all players for any inconvenience caused by this disruption.” He cautioned, however, “Please be aware that PokerStars Support is currently experiencing a very high volume of emails, so response times are delayed. Player emails will be answered as quickly as possible.”

A scan of the website found no mention of the Justice Department’s crackdown. In fact, the sponsored team from the United States – which includes Chris Moneymaker, Joe Cada, and recent North American Poker Tour Mohegan Sun back-to-back Main Event winner Vanessa Selbst – was still listed.

Visiting this morning yields the same FBI warning that reads in part, “This domain name has been seized by the FBI pursuant to an arrest warrant in rem obtained by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York… Conducting, financing, managing, supervising, directing, or owning all or part of an illegal gambling business is a Federal crime.”

Among those ramping up their live poker games last night was PokerStars front man Daniel Negreanu, whose likeness graces the front page of Negreanu Tweeted his plans for the evening: “Going to Aria to play $400-$800 Mix just like I did over 10 years ago when I was a professional poker player. Save me a seat boys.”

On Saturday, poker agent Brian Balsbaugh told the world via Twitter that a flood of comments from poker pros might not be coming: “Advised all my clients who are sponsored by @PokerStars & @FullTiltpoker to not comment today.” He added, “I’m told U.S. traffic on @PokerStars & @FullTiltPoker is approx 35%. My educated guess: their international biz continues to thrive.”

According to, which keeps tabs on online poker room traffic, Full Tilt Poker cash game traffic was down 21% week over week, the CEREUS Network was down 19% over the same time period, while PartyPoker, which doesn’t accept USA players, was up 2%. It appears that the CEREUS Network sites and Absolute Poker continue to serve the market despite the indictment of their owners on Friday.

Also gearing up for his run on the live scene was 10-time bracelet winner Doyle Brunson, who weighed in on Saturday, “Now maybe we will see if these online ‘superstars’ can play real poker. Ante up suckers!” Brunson’s site, DoylesRoom, was not affected by the Department of Justice’s indictments. Also appearing to operate as normal were Cake Poker and Bodog.

We’ll keep funneling you the latest information as it develops right here on Poker News Daily.


  1. 8SHAMROCK8 says:

    Where is everyone playing?

  2. smalldog333 says:

    I play in Canada and i can not play for real money either.I wonder if the reason is my server is AOL.COM

  3. rgs275lewis says:

    send me a check for my balance or credit the acc you have

  4. rgs275lewis says:

    you people have no problem when it comes to depositing $.Now it’s a different story. This is B.S. I have been a victim of this site to many times,come to the plate and do the right thing. Not a happy customer,or will it be X customer.

  5. gambler says:

    fulltilt and pokerstars quit on US players like little scared girls.
    I signed up made a deposite and played on bodog last night.

  6. I currently play at Goldstrikepoker, a U.S. owned membership site. It is legal in all but a few states due to how the laws are written.

  7. buddhasweets says:

    i’m real fkn pissed !

  8. foxcall says:

    Please send me a check for my balance

  9. chris1013 says:

    im us player on poker stars i like to know if i can transfer my account on the poker and if i can how do i do it thanks

  10. Tahoe Kid says:

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer group of A-holes. Karma is a bitch. Poker Stars ripped me off of money in my account over two years ago.I hope the morons at Pokerstars I had to deal with go to prison for the rest of their lives. It took two years,but all I can say now is SCOREBOARD you clowns.Rot in Hell.

  11. Donna4938 says:

    Will the same games as PS be available? i liked playing ps free games and will we be able to keep the chips we have won thank you

  12. Withacause says:

    just for the record, Paul Tate is not a Pokerstars founder

  13. TN.GIRL#1 says:

    why is my acc. frozen

  14. wildcat3168 says:

    will i be able to keep playing free games? and keep the play money i have won?
    thank you

  15. Mibear2 says:

    If I move to, will my play money come with me. Thank You

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