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Online Gambling Trial Judge ‘Unlikely’ to Dismiss Indictment

December 01, 2011

(Updates with trial date in second paragraph.)

Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) -- A federal judge said he’s unlikely to dismiss an illegal gambling case involving the three largest Internet poker companies doing business in the U.S.

“I think it extraordinarily unlikely the entire indictment will be dismissed,” U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan in Manhattan said at the end of a hearing today on a request to dismiss the case. He said he would rule later on the motion and that a trial, if held, would begin March 12.

Eleven defendants were accused in April of bank fraud, money laundering and illegal gambling through the online companies PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Absolute Poker.

Lawyers for two of the defendants, Chad Elie and John Campos, argued in court today that the U.S. law making it a crime for businesses to accept payment in connection with unlawful Internet gambling doesn’t apply to poker.

The case is U.S. v. Scheinberg, 10-cr-00336, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

--Editor: Michael Hytha

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