PokerStars has completely shut its doors to US players. As of April 15, 2011, USA players are not allowed in real money games at the site and website has been completely shut down. PokerStars is one of four sites effected by the shut down. There are still a number of US friendly poker sites operating without problems.
It is alleged that PokerStars and various associated payment processors attempted to circumvent Federal anti-gambling law by tricking US banks into accepting gaming funds illegally.
It is claimed that the defendants set up fake companies in an effort to trick US banks into accepting gambling payments. When this strategy ceased to work, the defendants allegedly bribed bank executives so that they would be more receptive to processing illegal payments.
In light of these severe allegations, PokerStars shut down all US operations indefinitely. Pokerstars is accepting no more USA players at this time.
Can USA Players Sign Up at PokerStars?
No, PokerStars has shut down to all US players. Any player attempting to sign up for real money games using a US address will be unable to access the game tables.
Did PokerStars Shut Down US Deposits?
Yes, PokerStars has shut down deposits for US players. The FBI investigation resulted in over 75 payment processors linked to PokerStars being shut down. Thus PokerStars’ ability to process transactions in the US is severely limited.
Has PokerStars Shut Down US Withdrawals?
The status of PokerStars withdrawal requests for US players is a gray area right now. The company has issued an official statement claiming that all US players’ funds are in safe hands, set aside in an unknown bank account.
Is Online Poker Doomed in the US?
No, there are still many poker rooms online that accept US players. Further, the act of playing poker online is not illegal at the Federal level.
In this case there are many other who was in process of registering and waiting for Pokerstarsbonus but they won’t get it unless they are non-US residents.