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Poker site staff stay silent on job losses

Staff at the Pocket Kings on-line poker support company, who are facing 250 job losses, today remained tight-lipped about their futures.

The IT and marketing workers did not want to comment on the move by the company to seek the job cuts among 700 staff as part of a €12m restructuring programme.

The potential job losses at the Cherrywood Business Park were announced yesterday, and the company is now set to begin a 30-day consultation process with staff on the issue.

Pocket Kings in Dublin provides IT and marketing support to the US-based online Full Tilt Poker.

The job losses follow its Full Tilt's forced removal from the US market and a need to reduce its operational costs.

Last April, the Full Tilt Poker website was shut down in the US and its chief executive Raymond Bitar was charged with fraud, money laundering and illegal gambling.

The prosecution led to the end of 'real money' play in the US and the suspension of its licence. This has had a direct effect on the operations by Pocket Kings in Dublin.

Meanwhile, SIPTU has said that it will seek immediate talks with the Tallaght-based Allied Logistics in order to explore alternatives to the 175 redundancies sought there in another announcement yesterday.

Allied Logistics, a subsidiary of Allied Foods, told its workers it would seek to reduce its workforce from 250 to just 75.

Management has said the situation arose after it lost its contract to distribute chilled and frozen products to Dunnes Stores.