More than four months after Black Friday, things are looking bad for Full Tilt Poker, but some poker sites are handing out money, albeit with strings attached.
In an on-line press release dated August 22, the company said “Full Tilt Poker apologizes for its lack of communication with its customers over the last month and a half, but it has been grappling with unexpected and complex legal and financial issues arising from Black Friday and its aftermath. In addition, the company has had to be circumspect about disclosing the progress of negotiations with potential investors...”
It has though been less circumspect through other channels, and yesterday, Tom Victor of EGR wrote: “Full Tilt Poker has issued a new statement to players today...[explaining] that it ‘Never anticipated that the [US Department of Justice (DoJ)] would proceed as it did by seizing our global domain name and shutting down the site worldwide.’”
No one should ever be surprised at the duplicity of the US Government – ask Alex Jones.
Full Tilt has a hearing in front of the Alderney Gaming Commission on September 15 – a meeting that was delayed from July. It remains to be seen if any good will come of it, but if the company does manage to dig its way out of the hole the FBI and DoJ have dug for it, it will have a lot of ground to make up with its competitors.
PokerStars is currently the highest traffic room with 200,000 players; Party Poker is a long way behind with 69,000. Having said that, Party Poker is running an attractive promotion at the moment, offering entries into a $2,000 freeroll and more. The catch is you have to earn points on the site, which you can do by playing low limit cash games and small buy-in tournaments, but the more points you earn, the bigger your reward. Check out Party Poker here.
The UK based Ladbrokes site has just finished a Summer festival, but Ladbrokes is about the only place on-line you can play Pot Limit Razz, Pot Limit Seven Card, and even more unusually Pot Limit Five Card Stud. If you are not based in the US of A, check out the action through this affiliate and earn extra bonuses. Another UK site that does not accept American players is William Hill; they are offering a massive sign up bonus, and for existing players both cash for points and a £20,000 September leaderboard promotion, but be warned, you will have to play an awful lot of poker to get anywhere near the prize money.
Finally, American poker player Jamie Gold is opening a new poker site that is said to be “100% legal in the eyes of US law” and aimed at American players. Mr Gold appears to have found either a loophole or a way around the current prohibition. He may well have, but what he appears to be forgetting is that governments have a way of changing the rules when you take them on at their own game. This is one gamble only either the very brave or the very foolish will take.