CNN has reported that US authorities charged 11 individuals today, including founders of three of the largest online poker companies, with bank fraud and money laundering offences.
5 domain names belonging to these poker companies were also seized. It has been reported on various forums and blogs that visitors to ub.com, ultimatebet.com, fulltiltpoker.com, pokerstars.com, and absolutepoker.com, are now being displayed a webpage with notice of the seizure from the FBI.
There may be a Canadian connection – absolutepoker.com’s whois registrant details list Absolute Tokwiro Enterprises (Antigua Inc.), with a postal address in Kahnawake, Quebec.
Update: In another article, the National Post reported that Poker Stars is partially operated out of an office in Richmond Hill, Ontario.