A report in this week’s Sunday Times Online claims the US Department of Justice has ordered the world’s biggest investment banks, accountants and law firms to hand over all e-mails, telephone records and papers connected with internet gaming firms as part of an investigation into illegal online gambling in America.
According to the Sunday Times, togel , Dresdner Kleinwort, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank are known to be among the banks that have been issued with subpoenas — official requests for information — as part of a worldwide hunt to build a case against those who benefited from illegal online gambling.
The Department of Justice first issued subpoenas in October; only days after George Bush sounded the death knell for America’s $6 billion (£3.2 billion) internet gambling industry by signing legislation banning all related transactions. But until now the investigation has been kept secret. It is thought that some investors in online gambling companies, including Party Gaming and 888.com, have also been hit with requests for information.
The request could force banks and other advisers or former advisers to the gambling companies to hand over hundreds of thousands of e-mails and files to American investigators. The probe by the Department of Justice will spark outrage in Britain, coming so soon after the extradition of the so-called Nat West Three to America. The subpoenas do not reveal whom the Department of Justice is targeting. But some believe the ultimate goal is to find information incriminating the founders of the online gambling firms.
Big Brother star to be Offered Asian Poker Role
The Asian Poker Classic, is reportedly set to capitalise on Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty’s success on the UK’s Celebrity Big Brother (CBB), by inviting the actress and reality TV star to present the Asian Poker Classic, taking place in Goa, on 1st to 5th March 2007.
Bollywood actress Shetty, who was already a huge star of Indian cinema, has shot to fame throughout the world thanks to her high profile role on Channel 4’s Celebrity Big Brother programme, which is currently creating headlines and heated debate around the world.
Her appearance on the show has alerted organisers of the Asian Poker Classic who see Shetty as the perfect candidate to host what will be the biggest poker tournament ever to have been staged in India, and which is set to attract an international audience to Goa in early March.
It is believed the APC organizers will be contacting her as soon as she comes out of the CBB house, to ask if she’ll be involved.
Aussie Millions Winner
After six days, 746 eliminations and a heads-up battle that lasted over two hours, Gus Hansen was declared the 2007 Aussie Millions Main Event Champion, winning (Aus) $1.5 million! He was presented his winning cheque by Howard Lederer.
After receiving his cheque, Gus, who is from Denmark had this to say; “I don’t know how much that money is. I use a different currency, this is my first time to Australia and you can say this has been a pleasant week.”