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March trial for two men charged in online poker shutdown case

A judge in New York said this week that two defendants (out of twelve) in the online poker shutdown case that saw sites like Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars, and Absolute Poker brought under a legal microscope, will likely face a trial in March 2012. The other ten defendants named in the case likely will not be facing a trial. About half those men were never actually arrested due to being overseas, and others will be able to settle the charges without going to trial.

The two men who will likely face a trial are John Campos and Chad Elie, the two American men charged with processing financial transactions for the three named online poker companies. These transactions were dubbed illegal in 2006 due to a major change in U.S. law.

Both men have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them, but the judge said a complete dismissal of the entire indictment was “extraordinarily unlikely.”

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