In April last year when poker players logged onto their favourite sites, many of them were greeted by the display left. The saga of Full Tilt has been documented here and elsewhere, and now it has been confirmed that it will be relaunched by PokerStars
once the formalities have been sorted out. PokerStars
is already the world's largest site, so that bodes well for poker players, apart from those in the home of poker that is, because American players are still excluded and will be for the foreseeable future as things stand.
Two other sites that were badly affected were Absolute Poker and UltimateBet. Both quit the United States
for good, and Absolute has long since gone down the tubes; its domain is gone, and the only place it can now be found is on the Internet Archive
's Wayback Machine, here
Its sister site UltimateBet continued for a while as UBNet. Now, this domain is up for sale
There is now a website dedicated to Poker Shutdowns
that is keeping track of these sort of developments. Hopefully it will not have much to report on.
The screengrabs below are all from the same tournament, a RakeTheRake affiliate freeroll
, which was played on UltimateBet early last year. They are in chronolgical order.