Full tilt relaunch countdown
By AdFeatures | Monday, October 15, 2012, 14:11
With less than one month left before the virtual doors of the Full Tilt Poker website are re-opened, players from outside of the U.S.A have been contacted by the company to outline information regarding the site’s relaunch.
Customers who previously held non-US accounts with Full Tilt prior to their shut down in June 2011 have received emails stating that they will have unrestricted access to their accounts and will see their full balances restored. Upon the relaunch on the 6th November, players will be able to cash out their funds or play with them on the website. They will also now have the option to transfer money from an account with Full Tilt over to one with PokerStars, giving them the opportunity to play between the two website. This new feature was added following the purchase of the Full Tilt assets by PokerStars, although they insist that the new Full Tilt site will operate separately from their brand.
The email stated: “you’ll soon be able to return to the Full Tilt Poker games and tournaments that you’ve known and loved for years, secure in the knowledge that your experience is now backed by the same account security and game integrity that millions of PokerStars players have trusted for more than ten years.”
After the events of Black Friday, Full Tilt was facing serious legal allegations by the US Department of Justice, and eventually lost their license to operate. Now owned by PokerStars, they have been relicensed and are keen to ensure players that their accounts will be protected. The email went on to say: “Full Tilt Poker now operates under a license in the Isle of Man, which is amongst the most trusted and rigorous e-gaming regulatory jurisdictions in the world. The Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission maintains vigilant standards for e-gaming, particularly the safeguarding of player funds...” The Full Tilt website also states that, in addition to the global Isle of Man license, they will also seek a license from Malta gaming authorities in the near future.
For players in certain European areas, the strict regulatory legislation on the gambling industry in their country means that Full Tilt is unable to reimburse them in the same manner. Instead residents from these areas will have to create an account with the PokerStars website and link it to their previous Full Tilt account in order to be reunited with their funds. The statement on the website went on to say: “We are not currently planning to seek a license to operate Full Tilt Poker in France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Belgium or Estonia. Full Tilt Poker players in these countries will be able to play at PokerStars.”
US players are also experiencing difficulty in their reimbursement claims. Despite offers from PokerStars, the US Department of Justice is handling all repayments themselves on behalf of Full Tilt Poker victims. There is little new information on the how the process will work.