The contention all along by online poker players in the US was that what they were doing was not illegal. The game is one of skill, not luck, so therefore it is not illegal to play online.

The Federal government does not agree with this way of thinking and has now made their first move in stopping Internet gambling since the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act was conceived.

The Poker Players Alliance has indicated to the Associated Press that the federal government has frozen accounts of payment processors responsible for paying winnings to online poker players.

The move, according to the PPA, could be holding winnings up over $30 million. A judge in district court issued a seizure warrant for an account at a Wells Fargo bank in San Francisco.

Many online players have been complaining in the past week about not being able to deposit or withdraw money from their accounts at PokerStars, one of the more popular online poker sites.

The Poker Players Alliance has been battling the US government for years over Internet gambling laws and how they pertain to online poker. The group maintains that poker should be exempted from all online gambling laws.

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