The long wait of Full Tilt Poker’s members for their money has finally come to an end. The poker site recently reached an agreement with PokerStars, rumors of which has been making the rounds for quite a while now.
On the 31st of July a formal announcement was made about PokerStars reaching an agreement with the U.S Department of Justice (DoJ) to acquire Full Tilt Poker’s assets. Twitter saw the first flood of reactions. But over the days, numerous poker pros began voicing their reaction about the news.
Robbie Davies, PokerNews CEO
Davies stated that his thoughts are mainly with the players whose funds’ have been stuck all this while. The situation that these poker fans were in was extremely disconcerting for the poker community as a whole, but now there’s hope.
He added that the whole event is a reminder to players to steer clear or unlicensed and unregulated poker rooms. It is safest to stick to the major reputed sites. Davies wishes everyone at Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars who are going to be a part of the re-building project.
Tony G, a poker pro and well known player in the industry is excited about the deal and the fact that players are going to be paid back. The poker community is thankful to PokerStars who took on this project and is enabling a fair outcome for players.
The poker pro stated that people involved with Full Tilt will not be a part of the company’s future dealing. He feels putting this horrible chapter to rest is a great move.
Alvarado is an online poker pro who started playing just after graduating from high school. Born to a single mother, the player got her support and took on the poker world with confidence at a young age.
Alvarado is of the opinion that it’s a relief to get paid back but not exactly a celebration. The fact that players have been paid back doesn’t not eliminate the reality that several players weren’t able to generate an income for about a year. He added that everyone in the poker community should work together to ensure nothing like this ever happens again. It is best to proceed with caution and Alvarado also thanked all the people who helped Full Tilt members get justice.
The player is pretty sure an incident like the Full Tilt scam is likely to happen again because there are several poker sites out there than are like Lock Poker. It is important for players to understand that poker operates differently from other businesses and is fairly unregulated.
Businesses that are semi-legal operate on large sums of money from other people. Added to this is the fact that players are often forgetful, naïve and driven by self-interest. To avoid similar situations it is important for each individual player to be more aware and careful. The laws surrounding online poker should also tighten making it a more regulated and safe business.