Nearly six years after Absolute Poker was shut down the US government, the players who had funds in the site will begin getting restitution.
The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York revealed the restitution, with the Department of Justice helping to facilitate the payouts to players. The payouts will be facilitated by the same group who handled restitution from the site Full Tilt Poker, who was purchased by PokerStars in the wake of the Black Friday crackdowns. The announcement comes two months after the former CEO of Absolute Poker turned himself into authorities in the U.S. to plead guilty to money laundering conspiracy and illegal gambling charges.
For those unaware, Black Friday took place in 2011 and saw the U.S. DOJ shutting down the US operations of PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker. Full Tilt and Absolute Poker didn't have the funds to pay back players, and thus were effectively shut down. The crackdowns had a negative impact for American players, as they've been pushed to many unreliable or predatory sites.
Players are able to file claims through AbsolutePokerClaims.com or by calling 855.907.3254. Players have until June 9th, 2017 to file a claim.