Apparently emails requesting account verification have been sent out to select groups of old customers of Full Tilt Poker. These emails request that customers send in photo identification and proof of address and warn players that action is required in order to ensure their account is ready for when the site eventually reopens. The official planned relaunch date is November 6.
Not all players have received this notice but it is likely to be a staged communication so that the site which is now under auspice of PokerStars is trying to ensure a smooth re-opening and adhere to the new Isle of Man regulations which require more stringent verification process than Alderney, where Full Tilt was formerly regulated.
PokerStars has committed to pay non-US players of Full Tilt Poker within 90 days of its settlement with the US DoJ, so barring unforseen circumstances, it is likely that the room will reopen on time.
The following statement appears on the homepage of Full Tilt Poker:
“As part of its agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), PokerStars has obtained the assets of Full Tilt Poker, and will use these assets to re-launch the Full Tilt Poker site. PokerStars has also committed to the full reimbursement of funds owed to Full Tilt Poker customers outside the United States within 90 days of formal closing of the deal, which will be by November the 6th. United States Full Tilt Poker players will be dealt with by the U.S. government.
We will set aside a separate account holding the full amount to cover all outstanding player balances outside of the U.S. and are working diligently to re-open the Full Tilt site as soon as possible. This process will take time as we verify account ownership and balances and work with authorities in the relevant jurisdictions to ensure that we can return funds in an efficient and effective way. Again, our agreement with the DOJ means these funds must be available by November the 6th.
Going forward, Full Tilt Poker will maintain a segregated account with more than enough funding to ensure that player funds are fully available for use or withdrawal at any time.
We understand that former Full Tilt players have many questions and we will strive to answer as many as possible as soon as we possibly can. Below is an FAQ addressing many initial questions. We will continually update this FAQ as more information becomes available.”