It seems that the endless drama surrounding Absolute Poker is about to have a resolution. At least when it comes to the founder of the casino, Scott Tom. After spending a good amount of time overseas he returned to the United States to face the charges against him. Tom is going to be sentenced on September 28th. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge last month.
Tom also got accused of money laundering but there is no decision on it so far. There in total 11 people charged around the what is known as Black Friday, arguably the worst day in the history of online poker. Right now, Isai Scheinberg, the PokeStars founder, is the only one left to be charged.
Another Absolute Poker co-founder, Brent Beckley already pleaded guilty and spent a little more than a year in prison. That happened way back in December 2011.
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The government announced that Absolute Poker has made more than $500 million from American citizens while they were still up. The players have lost more than $60 million on the day the site went down. It was a huge hit for many and the game itself. Online poker suffered a blow that took years to recover.
According to the state, Scott Tom was helping the website to continue operating in the US after the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2007. Absolute Poker continued accepting payments from US customers without the detection of the United States law enforcement. It was all going great, until the FBI stepped up and closed the website. It uncovered the bad management behind the company and cost many players their entire bankroll.
It seems justice is finally caught up with Scott Tom and his fate will be decided in the autumn.