2011 Retrospective – Part 4

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2011. December 25.
In the fourth part of our end-of-the-year retrospective, we revise what happened in April, 2011.
April

What else is there to report about when it comes to April, 2011 than the 15th that became to be known as the Black Friday of online poker? On this day, the FBI seized the domains of PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, UB.com and Absolute Poker, charging their management boards with bank fraud, money laundering and illegal gambling offenses. Following the coordinated FBI – DoJ action, most rooms ceased to offer real money online poker for US players.

FBI Action - 15 April 2011
FBI Action - 15 April

Want to read more on the FBI – DoJ action of 15 April? Click here.


As news came pouring in on Black Friday, it soon became apparent that the FBI action was based on the testimony of Bulgarian born Daniel Tzvetkoff, the owner of payment processor company Intabill. Tzvetkoff was arrested in April, 2010 and sentenced to 75 years in prison for $543 million worth of money laundering, assisting online gambling companies in conducting illegal financial transactions and bank fraud. In order to save his skin, he agreed to cooperate with the authorities and provided all the necessary information about the activity of the online poker companies.

Want to read more on the guy sort of responsible for Black Friday? Click here.

Patrik Antonius got the high stakes crown in April with $2,320,431 in profit; he was the most successful player of PLO ($1,199,406 in 1,471 hands) and Omaha H/L ($870,269 in 1,833 hands) and he was among the top finishers in draw ($250,756 in 2,875 hands) as well. The fish of the month was Andreas ‘skjervoy’ Torbergsen, who was down $1,506,085 by the end of April.

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