Costa Rican authorities have raided the offices of Absolute Poker and UltimateBet reportedly as an indirect result of the Black Friday indictments. Local sources are reporting that Costa Rican authorities conducted the raids because Absolute Poker and UlitmateBet laid off their employees and have not paid them and in response to the indictments by the DOJ for money laundering and bank fraud.
The Costan Rica Police (the Organismo de Investigaciones Judiciales) also have been looking for the founder of AP/UB, Scott Tom, and Olman Rimola, the owner of a business related to AP/UB, but have been unable to find them.
The local press in Costa Rican is reporting that authorities have launched their own investigations into the operations of Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet in response to the Black Friday indictments and because a legal representative for UltimateBet is also a mayoral candidate for the Costa Rican city of Escazu.
Support offices for PokerStars were also raided but have since been re-opened and all indications are that PokerStars has been given the all clear by the Costa Rican authorities. From PokerStars Steve, VIP Manager:
PokerStars continues to operate the world’s largest poker room, business as usual. It is true that the OIJ is currently at the PokerStars Costa Rican office and has sent employees home temporarily, but employees will be able to return in a few hours. PokerStars expects the office to return to business as usual in short order as this action was most likely taken as a response to problems experienced by other local companies in the same industry.
|Don't want to deposit? Try free bankrolls.|
Major room, easy qualify
Good for MTT / SNGs Only
|Complete Online Poker Room Reviews|
Promotion Code: 5CGQYAAAABZGE3TB
Bonus Code: BONUS101
Online since 2004, PartTimePoker.com brings together a unique combination of top-paying poker rakeback and prop offers and a variety of poker-related content including poker news, strategy articles, free poker training reviews and the latest Poker News and Gossip. PartTimePoker.com - your best source for online poker.
PTP offers several rakeback and free bankroll offers for our viewers. If you're not familiar with rakeback, read our guide to online poker rakeback. To learn how much you could be earning with rakeback, check out our rakeback calculator.
Free and no deposit bankrolls (also called free poker money) are essentially promotional deals we've arranged with rooms where they give you a small amount of money (usually $10-$150) started.