Families Face Dire Straits After Online Poker Shutdown
- On April 15, the government cracked down on online poker. To most, this simply marked the prohibition of an online pastime. But for a reported tens of thousands of Americans, the day the government indicted the three major U.S. poker Web site operators -- PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker -- on charges of bank fraud and money laundering was indeed an exceedingly bleak one.The crackdown stripped the players of their primary source of income. For players like Mogelefsky, a young father of two, it brought something still worse â€“ the loss of his family's livelihood.