After nearly two years to the day, former players at Full Tilt Poker from the United States will be able to start the process of claiming back the millions of dollars owed to them. Funds belonging to these players were frozen when the Department of Justice (DOJ) swept across several US facing online poker platforms in April 2011, freezing the funds at these sites. Players at Poker Stars were paid out shortly afterwards, but the funds belonging to players at Full Tilt Poker have been tied up since then as the site went through a lengthy acquisition process. It was finally purchased by Poker Stars, its arch rival, in a deal facilitated by the Department of Justice.
In an announcement made by Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York today, it was said that the Department of Justice has appointed independent third party Claims Administrator Garden City Group to begin the process of compensating eligible players who need to be repaid. “The Garden City Group brings a track record of handling the administration of some of the country’s largest and most complicated settlements. With their selection, we take a significant step forward in the process of compensating victims of the Full Tilt Poker Scheme,” said Bharara.
Players who want to make a claim need to submit a Petition for Remission through Garden City Group which will establish a process to see as many former players paid out as possible. The claims process will be done through a new dedicated website www.FullTiltPokerClaims.com.
In the statement put out by the DOJ, it was explained that Garden City Group specializes in bankruptcy administration and class action settlements and has over 30 years experience in these fields.