Today on The Final Table show, we discussed the shutdown of the three largest poker sites — PokerStars, Full Tilt, and Absolute Poker/Ultimate Bet — after the indictments handed down Friday by the Department of Justice.

Joining us for complete analysis of this story were Eric Morris (publisher of Bluff magazine), Donnie Peters (Live Reporting Manager for Poker News), and attorney Josh Schindler. We talked about:

  • what the indictments mean for online players
  • whether we’ll see more players in casino poker rooms now
  • the impact on big tournaments like the WSOP
  • which TV poker shows are canceled and which will continue
  • the shutdown’s effect on other poker media
  • whether we’re likely to see online poker legislation in Congress and state legislatures
  • and much more.

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Update: as this podcast was being posted, the US Attorney’s office announced that it is allowing PokerStars and Full Tilt to regain their dot-com domains. This will allow US players to get money out of their online poker accounts, but they still can not play in online cash games or tournaments. The sites may use those domains for their business outside the US.