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Full Tilt Poker: A Legal Summary
Full Tilt Poker seemed to be flourishing in early 2011, but is now fighting for its very existence.
Here is a timeline and summary of the trials and tribulations of FTP in 2011.
Mid 2010: FTP scraps rakeback through affiliates who have signed up with their standard contract. They were working on tightening their poker margins by squeezing affiliates.
April 15, 2011: On “Black Friday” the Department of justice and FBI pressed criminal charges and seized domains. After this date, many Americans had difficulties cashing out their bankrolls. Not 100% of cases, but there were many issues in getting their hard earned (and perhaps illegal) cash.
After Black Friday: Full Tilt Poker still operated outside of the U.S. after these events and players across the rest of the world chose to continue playing there.
June 2, 2011: Phil Ivey files a lawsuit against Tiltware LLC claiming Full Tilt had significantly damaged his reputation due to management decisions. He wanted to sue for $150 million. Yeah right.. Boo hoo.
June 27, 2011: Jack Binion allegedly begins investment talks with FTP
June 29, 2011: The Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) suspended the licences of Full Tilt. Their severs have been taken down, meaning that nobody can play there and rendering cash-outs currently impossible.
July 5, 2011: French Licence Suspended – The French authority in charge of online poker suspended Full Tilt’s gaming licence. FullTiltPoker.fr cannot operate until this matter is resolved.
Early July, 2011: ALL rival poker rooms go crazy offering up to 300% bonuses, no deposit bonuses and Freerolls. All rooms are trying to get a piece of the poker market that used to be loyal to Full Tilt Poker. Latest details available from PokerStrategy.com
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10 weeks after Black Friday, on the 30th of June 2011, the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) has suspended all licences for Full Tilt Poker. All games are paused, cashouts are not available players are screwed.
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Official Statement from the AGCC:
“The decision to suspend these licenses follows a special investigation prompted by the indictments unsealed by US Attorney General’s Office in the Southern District of New York on 15th April 2011, during which grounds were found to indicate that these licensees and their business associates were operating contrary to Alderney legislation.”