Online poker site strikes deal with government but doesn’t get access to domain name.
Last week the office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced a deal with Absolute Poker to help U.S. players get their money back.
But the deal differed from the one struck with Full Tilt Poker and Poker Stars last month in one critical way — Absolute Poker isn’t getting back control of its domain name.
The deal with Absolute Poker’s competitors allowed them to restore their domain names and resume using the sites for non-U.S. residents. Absolute Poker isn’t restricted from accepting payments from non-U.S. players, but the press release about the deal states:
The Agreement does not provide for the restoration of the domain names used by Absolute Poker that had been seized as part of this case.
I find it odd that AbsolutePoker.com would be treated differently. It will also make it more difficult for U.S. residents to contact the site about a refund while the domain name doesn’t resolve.