With all the news in the past 24 hours or so it opens up countless possibilities and has excited the masses for many reasons. On the surface Pokerstars
buying Fulltilt and their debt can mean a number of things. Most importantly repaying all those that have money tied up. PS settling with the DOJ is very curious to me. I heard rumblings for a while that the DOJ didn't have a leg to stand on against pokerstars the company in court and that if they could work out a settlement while still hammering the " bad guys " such as Campos they could save face. OK lets say the deal is for real PS settles and becomes a hero to us players everywhere. They reopen FT on the same platform as before, except this time u have all new management on both ends. Now u have the two largest brands in Poker together with the best customer service in the market and the largest player pool in the world. Every other room has to be shaking in their boots. Party Poker
has to be shaking their heads. Ok, now the US makes up 25% of online poker players which at the moment are loyal to merge and a few of the newer rooms out there. Ok now that PS are on the good side of the law, management has been cleared out with the owner agreeing to step down with this deal. And the fact that pokerstars never really got in trouble for offering poker to US residents, it was for the transactions made and more for the shady way they were made. My point here is the fact that poker is NOT illegal in the US, if it was how are so many rooms on the cake network and the merge network still able to offer it? I can name atleast 10 different sites or skins that i could deposit on right now with my visa. Or have they just not gotten caught yet? Pokerstars chose not to allow us customers after their domain name was returned, but they have taken all the steps to be in position and in the good graces of the government to make a return. I know many people have said they will never return, many say they don't need us. They have to have a small interest to absorb 330 million in debt from FT thats owed to players including about 130 million to US players alone. Here is the 750 million dollar question. If all this is true, pokerstars is cleared from all civil criminal liabilities, they buy the 2nd largest poker room on the planet. other than a binding legal agreement between them and the DOJ why wouldn't they, or couldn't they open their doors to US players again? Obviously we don't have regulation in the US yet, which we do need at some point to prevent shady shit from going on again, transparency with deposits and withdrawals and such. But legallly could they not in theory open up the minute the ink dries on this deal?