Absolute Poker and UB Poker have issued a statement regarding last Friday's legal actions against the sites. Both poker rooms claim to be awaiting legal advice in order to secure U.S. player payouts.
Absolute Poker and UB Poker Thursday night sent out a press release, for the first time commenting on last Friday's indictments against the sites.
Speaking on behalf of both rooms, Absolute Poker guarantees that paying out funds to U.S. players is a "top priority" and "an immediate concern", but before this can happen, AP/UB will be awaiting further legal advice.
"At this time, Absolute Poker's top priority is, and must be, the refund of balances to its and UB's US players. However, given the far-reaching consequences of the US Attorney's actions for Absolute Poker and for the entire poker community, Absolute Poker believes that the responsible course of action is to review with its attorneys the relevant court filings before taking any action," a press release
stated last night.
On Wednesday, U.S. authorities struck a deal with Full Tilt Poker
that allowed both sites to regain their dot.com domains in order to facilitate player payouts.
Absolute Poker reveals that the company has now initiated similar talks with the U.S. Attorney, and while the parts have not yet reached an agreement, AP and UB are now focusing on moving these talks forward.
"Absolute Poker believes that the US Attorney shares the view that refunds to US players are an immediate and pressing concern, and Absolute Poker wishes to make clear that it wants to work cooperatively with the US Attorney to safely and efficiently return its players' funds."
"To that end, Absolute Poker's counsel has initiated communications with the US Attorney's office and plans to continue proactively advancing those discussions," the statement reads.
The press release does not mention anything about the current situation for non-U.S. players, but a thread on poker forum TwoPlusTwo
has seen several players report on the matter.
According to these, Absolute Poker and UB Poker withdrawals are still available for non-American players, however only allowing for $250 per withdrawal at this time.