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Pokerbandits.ca shut down a hoax

12 February 2007

It appears that the Internet rumors that pokerbandits.ca was shut down by the U.S. Department of Justice, the FBI and the Canadian government were just that: Internet rumors.



Officials from all three authorities had not heard of the Web site and denied any part in the removal of content from the site.



Pokerbandits.ca, which until recently offered advice on how Americans could get around Internet gambling restrictions, announced this morning that it had been shut down.



"This site has been shut down by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice in conjunction with Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada," read bold black text over a brick red background.



"Normally we don't comment on ongoing cases," said Justice Department spokeswoman Jaclyn Lesch. "But I'm not getting any indication that we're involved in this whatsoever."



An FBI spokesman also knew nothing about the site.



"I checked the cyber division, the Department of Justice, and no one seems to know anything about it," said FBI agent Paul Bresson.



The domain was registered at Namespro.ca on Oct. 23, 2006, just weeks after the UIGEA was passed in Congress. This morning, a "WHOIS" search revealed that the registration information had been changed Sunday and the "Government of Canada" in "Gatineau, Quebec," was listed as the site's administrative mailing address.



"Jack Chow" was listed as the administrative and technical contact for the site, but the phone number led instead to Michael Gee, the contact person for the Public Works and Government Services Web site.



"This information is totally false," Gee said of the WHOIS information. "This person must have seen that I have a Chinese name and made up a different (Chinese name)."



Gee also pointed out that the e-mail address points to a domain that does not exist, and that the phone number listed includes an extension, despite the fact that the department's phone numbers have no extensions and can be directly dialed.



"The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is only responsible for
domain name registrations and does not monitor Web site content," said David
Hicks, Marketing and Communications Manager for CIRA. "CIRA requires dot-ca
domain registrants provide valid contact information and has processes in
place to verify the information and suspend domains if the contact
information is false."



Hicks added that CIRA has not taken any action against pokerbandits.ca but
is currently investigating the issue.



Shortly after Casino City contacted CIRA, visitors to pokerbandits.ca were greeted by a "Forbidden" error message, announcing the user did not have access to the server. A second WHOIS search revealed that the contact information was changed, listing Arif Khan as the Administrative and Technical contact, and all references to the Canadian government had been removed.



Pokerbandits.ca had offered information on one of its message boards how American citizens could get around the UIGEA.



The step-by-step guide suggested Americans could use Canadian mailing addresses and IP masking technology to sign up for Internet gambling accounts.



Casino City was unable to contact Khan, and e-mails and phone calls to "Raven Corp," which published a press release announcing pokerbandits.ca's guide to getting around the UIGEA in January, were unanswered.



WHOIS domain information for pokerbandits.ca at 2:35 p.m. on Feb. 12, 2007
Status: EXIST
Registrar: Namespro Solutions Inc.
Registrar-no: 817195
Registrant-no: 1670047
Domaine-no: 1670047
Subdomain: pokerbandits.ca
Renewal-Date: 2010/10/23
Date-Approved: 2006/10/23
Date-Modified: 2007/02/11
Organization: Khan
Description:
Admin-Name: Jack Chow
Admin-Title:
Admin-Postal:
Government of Canada, 11 Laurier St
Gatineau QC K1A0S5 Canada
Admin-Phone: 1 (819) 956-2769 ext.55679
Admin-Fax:
Admin-Mailbox: Jack.chow@rrcde.gc.ca
Tech-Name: Jack Chow
Tech-Title:
Tech-Postal: Government of Canada, 11 Laurier St Gatineau QC K1A0S5 Canada
Tech-Phone: 1 (819) 956-2769 ext.55679
Tech-Fax:
Tech-Mailbox: jack.chow@rrcde.gc.ca
NS1-Hostname: ns1.namespro.ca
NS1-Netaddress: 74.52.83.210
NS2-Hostname: ns2.namespro.ca
NS2-Netaddress: 208.70.146.153
NS3-Hostname:
NS3-Netaddress:
NS4-Hostname:
NS4-Netaddress:
NS5-Hostname:
NS5-Netaddress:
NS6-Hostname:
NS6-Netaddress:



WHOIS domain information for pokerbandits.ca at 5:40 p.m. on Feb. 12, 2007
Status: EXIST
Registrar: Namespro Solutions Inc.
Registrar-no: 817195
Registrant-no: 1670047

Domaine-no: 1670047
Subdomain: pokerbandits.ca
Renewal-Date: 2010/10/23
Date-Approved: 2006/10/23
Date-Modified: 2007/02/11

Organization: Khan
Description:
Admin-Name: Arif Khan
Admin-Title:
Admin-Postal: Namespro.ca Private WHOIS, 130-8191 Westminster Highway, Box 276, Richmond BC V6X1A7 Canada
Admin-Phone: 16046828059
Admin-Fax: 16046828059
Admin-Mailbox: a3z-snyepn2w@namesproprivacy.ca
Tech-Name: Arif Khan
Tech-Title:
Tech-Postal: Namespro.ca Private WHOIS, 130-8191 Westminster Highway, Box 276, Richmond BC V6X1A7 Canada
Tech-Phone: 16046828059
Tech-Fax: 16046828059
Tech-Mailbox: a3z-snyepn2w@namesproprivacy.ca
NS1-Hostname: ns1.namespro.ca
NS1-Netaddress: 74.52.83.210
NS2-Hostname: ns2.namespro.ca
NS2-Netaddress: 208.70.146.153
NS3-Hostname:
NS3-Netaddress:
NS4-Hostname:
NS4-Netaddress:
NS5-Hostname:
NS5-Netaddress:
NS6-Hostname:
NS6-Netaddress:


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Home-game hotshot Aaron Todd was an editor/writer at Casino City for nearly eight years, and is currently the Assistant Director of Athletics for Communications and Marketing at St. Lawrence University, his alma mater. While he is happy to play Texas Hold'em, he'd rather mix it up and play Omaha Hi/Lo, Razz, Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw, and Badugi.