DoylesRoom and 9 Other Gambling Domains Seized

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Just over a week ago the Big Papa Doyle Brunson announced he parted ways with the online poker site carrying his name – DoylesRoom.com. The departure had everything to do with the recent events of Black Friday, or so we thought. Yesterday (May 23) the U.S. Attorney of Maryland (as opposed to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York which was responsible for the 04.15) had seized 10 online poker and betting domains as well as 11 bank accounts and indicted 3 people for “owning and managing illegal gambling businesses involving online sports betting.”

Darren Wright and David Parchomchuk of BetEd British Columbia and Ann Marie Puig of BMX Entertainment, a payment processor in Costa Rica were those accused of illegal online gambling activities and the list of domains seized include Bookmaker.com, 2Betsdi.com, Funtimebingo.com, Goldenarchcasino.com, Truepoker.com, Betmaker.com, Betgrandesports.com, Betehorse.com, Beted.com, and Doylesroom.com.

The measures of seizure were taken after the Homeland Security investigation in Baltimore, Maryland. They've set up an undercover payment processor business called Linwood Payment Solutions back in 2009, which in 2 years processed over 300,000 online gaming site payments of over $33 million.

This payment processor company was run by the Department of Homeland Security and “allowed undercover agents to gain person-to-person contact with top managers of gambling organizations to discuss the Internet gambling business, to negotiate contracts and terms of the processing, and to handle the intricate movement and processing of collection and payment data from the gambling organizations to the banks.”

Should the defendant's be convicted they would face a maximum sentence of five years in prison for the illegal gambling business charge and a maximum of 20 years in prison for the money laundering charge.

In other Black Friday news, Bradley Franzen one of them guys indicted in 04.15 was pleaded guilty yesterday and now faces up to 30 years in prison. He will be sentenced on August 26. Although Franzen was pressed with 9 charges he was pleaded guilty only to three including conspiracy to commit bank fraud and money laundering. Franzen owns a payment processing company running which he lied to banks and created fake companies and websites to hide the payments.

The prosecutors announced that it's possible Franzen will receive a shorter sentence due to his cooperation with the legal institutions during the research, plus he will will forfeit an undisclosed amount of money that was earned while he was processing payments for the online poker companies.

The Black Friday continues to lour the online poker skies in America and NeverwinPoker will tell you all about it should any new stuff turn out, stay tuned.