Norman Chad Speaks Up About togel online Indictments

In a recent article posted on The Washington Post, Norman Chad shared his own views and consulted the views of his lawyer (so called) friend, on the togel online indictments on Black Friday.  The focus is primarily on the legality of online poker and how online poker relates to the UIGEA, passed in 2006.  Chad’s lawyer friend summed it up fairly well:

The UIGEA doesn’t say online poker is illegal. Actually, nowhere within the UIGEA is poker even mentioned; if Congress were so hell-bent against online poker, wouldn’t you think the word “poker” would show up in the UIGEA? Rather, the UIGEA seems to be targeting sports-betting operations.


In fact, there’s no federal law on the books criminalizing poker and there’s never been a federal court ruling that online poker is illegal.


So, frankly, if there were any justice within the Department of Justice, we’d all be sitting in front of our laptops drawing to an inside straight by the end of business today.


In the DOJ indictment from April 15, each person mentioned is charged with “Conspiracy to Violate Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGIEA)” which has a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison; fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss; 3 years supervised release. Yikes.


The unnamed lawyer also goes on to give his personal view about what it means to live in the “land of the free”:


Quite simply, people here in America should be allowed to play whatever game they want with their own money in their own homes. Yet, at the moment, in the land of the free, the government is stopping that freedom.


So true. Yet here we are, 10 weeks after Black Friday and American poker players are left without an option. So far, it seems justice has not been served.


Alderney Gambling Control Commission Media Release About Full Tilt


On June 29 in the early morning, the AGCC suspended Full Tilt’s license which halted all real money play. Since this happened, there has been little information on what the next step is for the company and its players who have millions of dollars locked up on the site.

Full Tilt has not said much, only displaying a message on their homepage:


System Update

We apologise but the system is currently down. Please check back later.


and sending a short e-mail to all of their players stating they must suspend all real money play and are working on a solution.


On July 3, The Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) issued a media release about its discussions with Full Tilt Poker. You can see it below in its entirety:


Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) is in discussions, all be at an early stage, with its licensees trading as Full Tilt Poker and a third party concerning the prospective refinancing of Full Tilt Poker.


The objective of these discussions is to enable the site to re-open to its current and prospective players.


Contrary to current reports circulating in the media, AGCC has not authorised any statement by legal counsel in this regard and has no knowledge of the comments attributed by the editor of Gambling to a Mr. Werner Bers, of whom we are otherwise unaware, and disputes the correctness of his statement.


All and any further authorised announcements on this matter will be found on the website of AGCC at


Correspondence may be conducted via [email protected]


Although it doesn’t say much, it seems like this is good news. It sounds like they want to work this out with Full Tilt Poker and open the site back up for real money play in a timely manner. Hopefully we hear more about this sooner than later. Be sure to check out FTR’s Black Friday coverage for new updates and developments.



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