Holdem Poker Chat Year in Review: Top Poker Stories of 2013 – Part II of III

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Full Tilt Poker Pays Players Back… Or Starts The Ball Rolling

The launching of legal online poker in Nevada and New Jersey only scratched the surface of the poker news of 2013, one of the other biggest stories of the year being the beginning of Full Tilt Poker’s repayment of U.S. player funds seized back in April of 2011 when the U.S. Department of Justice shut down Full Tilt Poker, among several other online poker sites. Those other sites had already long-since remitted player funds unable to be withdrawn after the seizure, but Full Tilt Poker had yet to catch up. Now it looks like the remission process is underway and players can start to look for the return of their long held-up funds sometimes around March or April of 2014.

888 Poker’s Rise and Party Poker’s Return

888 Poker became the official World Series of Poker sponsor this year, which includes sponsorship of the WSOP APAC (World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific), WSOPE (World Series of Poker Europe), and WSOP Vegas.

Meanwhile, Party Poker hasn’t been available to U.S players for a lot longer than the sites closed down on Black Friday, April 15, 2011. Party Poker closed its own doors to U.S. players 7 years ago. But now its back, in New Jersey at least, in the form of two real money online poker rooms opened with this year’s legal intrastate poker launch in the state, in league with the Borgata, for half the N.J. online poker market share already.