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ESPN Removes Poker Programming After Gambling Websites Are Shut Down

Apr 19, 2011  •  Post A Comment

ESPN has announced that it will remove poker advertising and programming after U.S. authorities seized gambling websites that sponsor televised poker tournaments, reports Bloomberg.

"For the immediate future, we are making efforts to remove related advertising and programming pending further review," ESPN said in a statement.

Online poker sites such as Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars, which the story says are major sponsors of televised tournaments, were sidelined when the U.S. froze bank accounts in 14 countries and seized websites.

ESPN said it was aware of the actions through "what has been announced publicly," the article notes. ESPN, NBC, Fox Sports Net and GSN together are scheduled to air 47 programs, including reruns, this week, the piece adds. ESPN airs the "World Series of Poker."

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  1. I received this email from fulltilt today:
    “We’re contacting you following the recent actions by the U.S. government last Friday 15th April.
    As you may be aware, Full Tilt Poker is unable to accept “real money” play from U.S. players at the current time, and this includes any deposits or withdrawals. We are working to resolve these issues as soon as possible and will keep you updated as information becomes available to us.
    We are deeply sorry for this inconvenience, but these events are beyond our control. Please be assured that your funds are safe, and we thank you for your patience while we do everything in our power to have money returned to those who have requested it as soon as possible.
    Please note, that this action only impacts players based in the U.S. and Full Tilt Poker is still fully operational elsewhere. Players can currently access our site at http://www.fulltilpoker.co.uk which is available using the normal login details.
    As always, we appreciate your continued support, and we will provide additional information to you as it becomes available.
    Sincerely,
    The Full Tilt Poker Affiliate Team”
    and it made me feel much safer now that they are issuing an official statement, i hope they enable real money games soon.

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