At Thursday`s hearing, Judge Rakoff defied a prosecutor who questioned why there were no other charges, including Dikshit`s companions, American Ruth Parasol DeLeon and her husband, Russell DeLeon. “No one else has been charged,” Judge Rakoff said. “It`s been two years since the accused started working together, what`s wrong?” PartyGaming, which is headquartered in Gibraltar and is best known for its online poker room PartyPoker.com, left the U.S. gambling market in October 2006, after Congress passed this month`s law on the application of illegal gambling on the Internet. In April 2009, PartyGaming signed a non-prosecution agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice to pay $105 million in increments starting in 1997 for the offering of Internet games in the United States. In June 2010, PartyGaming obtained its first agreement on the recently regulated French market. This agreement applies to the online betting activities of partybets.fr and gamebookers.fr websites.  PartyGaming has also obtained the French online poker license for partypoker.fr, acfpoker.fr and luckyjeux.fr. U.S.
Assistant District Attorney Arlo Devlin-Brown said the investigation involving Dikshit was still ongoing and referred to sealed documents filed by the government with the court. “There are challenges in these lawsuits,” Devlin-Brown said, adding that Dikshit had requested that the matter be resolved at an early stage. “Two years have passed and there are reasons.” A few months after Dikshit pleaded guilty, his former company PartyGaming, a Gibraltar company that was once the world`s largest online gaming company, entered into a non-prosecution agreement with federal lawyers in Manhattan and admitted that his U.S. business had violated U.S. law for years. For some, it seemed that the Department of Justice had drawn a line in the sand against online poker and had set a two-year period to go after industrial players. In April 2009, the company reached an agreement with the U.S. government, where it agreed to pay a $105 million fine over the next four years as part of a “non-prosecution agreement.” As part of the agreement, PartyGaming issued a “fact bulletin” in which it first acknowledged that it had targeted U.S. citizens prior to October 2006, leading to the processing of transactions “contrary to certain U.S. laws.”  He paid a $300 million fine in June after getting an agreement with prosecutors, and many people in the industry think he will avoid jail. James Hollins, an analyst at Daniel Stewart, said: “The assumption and informed opinion is that the fine will be slapping enough for it to go its way.” A clear case of buying on rumors, selling on facts – party shares are 6% on the day, at the time of writing.