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The first Festival and Championship events are now complete. While both were a success in many ways, attendance was low.
The PokerStars Live Rebranding: New Jersey, Bahamas, and a Look Ahead to London

The first Championship and Festival events are complete, but these were just warmups; Festival London will be the real test for PokerStars’ new live branding.

Neil Johnson, Head of Live Poker Operations for PokerStars, has years of experience with poker in land-based venues. Having started in the business as a dealer…
PokerStars’ Neil Johnson: Poker Shot Clock Not “Welcoming” for Most Players

Neil Johnson, Head of Live Poker Operations for PokerStars, has years of experience with poker in land-based venues….

Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow, both former Attorneys General of Utah have been arrested and charged with multiple offences including bribery.
Two Ex Utah Attorneys General Arrested for Bribery

Shurtleff and Swallow allegedly received cash donations from man linked to processing of online poker transactions.

The allegations refer to whether the politicians asked for or received money or other benefits as the result of providing political favors or taking official action. The allegations particularly refer to contributions for online gaming companies in exchange for political support.
DOJ Rejects Calls to Investigate Senator Harry Reid in Connection to Online Poker Scandal

Senators Harry Reid and Mike Lee are in the sights of two Utah prosecutors, but the DOJ refuses to get involved.

Utah man alleges that money was paid to advance online poker legislation.
Jeremy Johnson Alleges $1 Million Harry Reid Bribe on Full Tilt’s Behalf

Secret recording alleges online poker legislation was influenced by more than just lobbying.

Jeremy Johnson alleges Utah Attorney General facilitated an attempted bribe of Harry Reid
Utah Attorney General Linked to Johnson Bribery Scheme

Central figure in SunFirst Bank online-payment processing business alleges attempts to curtail connected FTC investigation.

Court documents recently obtained by pokerfuse show that the string of events leading to the “Black Friday” crackdown against US-facing sites Full…
Full Tilt Deposit Backlog Traced to December ’10 FDIC Banking Order

FDIC court order required SunFirst to stop processing for “third-party” poker entities.

A look at the trail of online poker transaction processing profits
Jeremy Johnson’s Asset Stash Funded with Online Poker Processing Proceeds

Utah multimillionaire targeted in FTC probe used online poker operations to help launder assets.

The dealings between Chad Elie and Jeremy Johnson played a role in how Black Friday unfolded
Chad Elie, Jeremy Johnson and SunFirst Bank: The Black Friday Connection

A chance meeting between between Chad Elie and telemarketing fraudster Jeremy Johnson triggered events leading to Black Friday.

St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson is accused of concealing $51.4m, most of which is believed to have been acquired as a result of processing online poker…
Utah Businessman Accused of Illegal Payment Processing

St. George businessman Jeremy Johnson is accused of concealing $51.4m, most of which is believed to have been acquired…

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