Judge Indicates Black Friday Indictments Will Stick

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A U.S. District Judge has implied that he is unlikely to dismiss the government's illegal online gambling case against Absolute Poker, Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars.

“I think it extraordinarily unlikely the entire indictment will be dismissed." Judge Lewis Kaplan said after concluded a hearing on U.S. v. Scheinberg, 10-cr-00336 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Attorneys for two of the defendants John Campos and Chad Elie argued that the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act does not apply to poker and the case should be dismissed. Elie and Campos were e-processors of funds.

The government's case alleges that eleven defendants committed illegal gambling, bank fraud, and money laundering through the three poker websites. If the defendant's motion is denied, a trial would begin on March 12th.