Full Tilt Payment Processor Burtnick Pleads Guilty

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Full Tilt Poker’s head of payment processing Nelson Burtnick pleaded guilty to conspiracy and gambling charges in a New York courtroom today.

Burtnick, a 41-year-old from Vancouver, Canada, could face up to 15 years in prison.

Burtnick admitted to deceiving banks in order to circumvent the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act and facilitate payments between American poker players and Full Tilt Poker.

He went on to say that the deception was necessary because the banks would have refused to process online gambling payments post-UIGEA.

Burtnick Knew What He Did Was Wrong

Prosecutors allege that the crimes took place between 2006 and 2011 while Burtnick worked for PokerStars and later Full Tilt Poker.

“We had to do this type of deception to enable U.S. poker players to load their accounts with funds,” Burtnick said in court. “I know that what I did was wrong.”

Burtnick will face sentencing by US District Judge Lewis Kaplan on December 19.

The plea agreement calls for Burtnick to forfeit all money generated by the crimes and pay restitution in an amount to be determined.

Burtnick was one of almost a dozen individuals charged by the US Department of Justice on April 15, 2011. A number of those individuals have already pled guilty.

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Vaginosis P. Beaver 2013-04-20 04:03:48

So totally GAY. The only reason that it is a "crime" is because the US Govt was not benefitting from the proceeds. What a JOKE. Interesting in states where the Govt gets a "taste" of the revenues generated by gambling that it is perfectly OK to run a casino, or several casinos for that matter...

Even more gay is that "Full Tilt" (How dare they use that name) is 1000000 times worse than anyone could have ever imagined. RNGs they claim? Yeah, RIGHT... Play on that site for long enough to see the sic patterns in the software and you will see that it is 100% rigged or fixed to allow for MAXIMUM rake from the sites owners. If it were "RANDOM" then why on earth in one game will you get a 6 handed table with 3-4 out of 6 players getting all insane hands like KK vs QQ vs AA and then some chump calls 3 all in bets (post flop) with a 9-10 - when the QQ hits a Full House QQQ-10 10 and the player with 10 10 hits a Str8t Flush? taking everyones $$$? only to be followed by several more of the same hands? Play Rush or any ring game table for more than 10 minutes and you will see.

Anyhow - Sorry to get totally off track of the original reason for this post. I just can not help going "Over-board" the moment I start to talk about Full Tilt, or Stars for that matter.

What has this world come to?

Denis H 2013-01-02 17:54:46

I still haven't figured out if I'll be getting my pitiful some of $244.00 back yet. I know it's not much but I just started playing on that website. Are we all screwed ? Denis H

Poker 2012-09-24 04:02:43

Atleast he maintained one last ounce of decency to plead guilty and not try one last attempt to wriggle out of it.