It might be a slight understatement to say it’s been a bit of a rocky road since poker’s “Black Friday”, for those who played on Full Tilt Poker. Now, more than half a year later, it seem like there just might be a light at the end of the tunnel; with the Department of Justice and Groupe Bernard Tapie reaching an unprecedented deal for the sale and transfer of FTP’s assets, it seems that somewhat of a workable plan is beginning to take shape to both re-pay players and restore the site to operation, or at least the software that players “miss dearly”.
According to various reports, there a stipulations in the deal stating that the “current FTP directors would not be allowed to hold shares in the company” and there has be no mention of “dropping charges against the three individuals named in the Black Friday indictment Ray Bitar, Howard Lederer and Chris Ferguson”; this should all point to a much safer and “tighter run ship”, that in theory, will eventually lead to players also being able to play on the site that many loved. Full Tilt Poker, (or its replica), won’t be returning to American players any time soon and this already means considerably less traffic than its former glory days. On top of that there is still the issue of being re-licensed; both the Alderney Gambling Control Commission hearing and Kahnawake Gaming Commission official statement set out the stipulations months ago.
For some the mental scars of the whole ordeal will be too deep to overcome; losing large sums of money, or at least having its return put on hold indefinitely, as well as the repercussions of the situation caused just too much grief to forgive. For others, simply knowing that they were being lied too and cheated, for any amount , has taken away all trust and left the questions or speculation…”Was there anything else shady going on we just don’t know about?”
Despite this, many posts by players in the poker forums and discussions on social networks say that “Yes”, they would go back; “the games or game selection were too good, the fields so soft, etc”. We have seen this hold true in the Ultimate Bet Super-User scandals of the past, despite good reasons and past history pointing at staying away, some players will return to play where they were winning, or “feel at home”.
“Question is” Will you go back? Please take our vote on the subject and leave on thoughts or comments on the subject here, in our forums or on our Facebook and Twitter feeds.