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1 Jaar sinds black Friday - de complete timeline (engels)

    • Lanfear81
      Lid sinds: 04.11.2007 Posts: 26,199
      Vrijdag 15 april 2011, Black Friday, een dag die het online pokerwereldje op z'n kop gooide. Wat is er het afgelopen jaar allemaal gebeurd?

      One Year Timeline of Significant Events Since Black Friday
      April 15th, 2011Black FridayPokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and UB/Absolute Poker's domains were seized, and 11 individuals associated with those sites were federally indicted in the United States.
      April 20th, 2011Two Domains ReturnedPokerStars and Full Tilt Poker reached agreements with the US to regain access to their domain names, but with extremely limited use within the US.
      April 28th, 2011PokerStars PaysPokerStars began to issue cashouts to their US customers, and continued to operate in the rest of the world.
      May 4th, 2011UB/AP Leave US
      UB and Absolute Poker finally ceased their US-facing operations.
      May 6th, 2011UB/AP Lower Cashouts
      UB and Absolute Poker lowered their withdrawal limits for the non-US customers they continued to service.
      May 11th, 2011
      UB/AP Reach Deal and Axe Team UB
      UB/AP signed a deal with the US regarding how they can proceed, and UB fired all Team UB pros.
      May 13th, 2011PokerStars: "$100M Paid"
      PokerStars announced in a public statement that $100 million had been paid to US customers.
      May 24th, 2011Doyle's Room Down and 9 other online gambling site domains were seized by the United States.
      June 1st, 2011Ivey Sues FTP, Won't Play WSOP
      Phil Ivey filed a lawsuit against Tiltware, LLC. for damages related to FTP's handling of player funds. On top of that, Ivey vowed not to play any WSOP events until players were paid.
      June 2nd, 2011Tiltware Responds
      Tiltware issued a statement saying that the purpose of Phil Ivey's lawsuit was not to help players as he claimed, but rather that it was purely for personal gain.
      June 16th, 2011
      $60M Shortfall
      Subject: Poker revealed that Full Tilt was at least $60M short of the total cash they needed to repay player funds.
      June 27th, 2011FTP Takeover Rumors
      Several rumors of potential FTP purchasers, including Jack Binion, surfaced.
      June 29th, 2011AGCC Suspends FTP
      The AGCC suspended the operating licenses of Full Tilt, and all games and cashouts on the site stopped.
      July 1st, 2011LA Times: FTP to be Sold
      The LA Times reported that a group of European investors was ready to purchase FTP.
      July 2nd, 2011Ivey Suit Dropped
      Phil Ivey's lawsuit against FTP was dropped because he felt that the company was making strides towards refinancing.
      July 2nd, 2011Class Action Suit FiledA class action lawsuit was filed by several poker players against many individuals associated with Full Tilt in an attempt to recover American player funds.
      July 4th, 2011AGCC Statement
      The AGCC confirmed that FTP was in serious talks with a potential purchaser.
      July 4th, 2011ARJEL Suspends FTP
      Full Tilt's French license was suspended by French gaming authority ARJEL.
      July 13th, 2011Full Tilt Hearing Scheduled
      A public hearing with the AGCC was scheduled for July 26th.
      July 22nd, 2011Investors Not Interested?A rumor surfaced suggesting that the potential Full Tilt investors were only interested in UK and Irish assets of the company.
      July 22nd, 2011Phil Gordon DismissedTeam Full Tilt Pro Phil Gordon was dismissed from the class action lawsuit filed on July 2nd, 2011.
      July 26th, 2011Nothing Heard at HearingThe "public" AGCC hearing quickly became private, and onlookers heard almost nothing.
      July 30th, 2011Ivey & Benyamine Owe Big Cash
      Subject: Poker revealed that Phil Ivey owed Full Tilt over $6 million, and David Benyamine owed a 7-figure sum as well.
      August 2nd, 2011AGCC: FTP Licenses "Valid"The AGCC confirmed to the KGC that Full Tilt's suspended licenses were technically "valid," and thus the KGC chose to extend Full Tilt's secondary license.
      August 5th, 2011FTP Pays Fees to AGCCFull Tilt Poker paid $410,000 in outstanding licensing fees owed to the Alderney Gambling Control Commission.
      August 22nd, 2011FTP to Change Management if Takeover OccursJeff Ifrah stated that if a takeover of Full Tilt were to take place, it would also mean a change in company management.
      August 23rd, 2011FTP Exploring New InvestorsFull Tilt issued a statement that a period of exclusive negotiations with a potential purchaser had ended, and that negotiations would take place with new investors.
      August 26th, 2011Demetriou: $350M Needed for FTPPoker pro Harry Demetrious revealed information on Full Tilt's recent dealings, including that ~$350 million would be needed to save the company.
      August 31st, 2011FTP StatementFull Tilt issued a statement to regarding what the company had been doing over the previous several months.
      September 2nd, 2011Ifrah Wants Out of Class Action SuitAttorney Jeff Ifrah asked a US Court for permission to step down from his position representing Full Tilt in the class action case against the company.
      September 5th, 2011DOJ Releases Some PokerStars FundsThe US Department of Justice agreed to release a majority of funds from a frozen PokerStars bank account.
      September 8th, 2011Merge Network Next?Subject: Poker reported that the Merge Network was likely to be a target of DOJ actions at some point during September.
      September 10th, 2011Canadian Class Action vs. Full TiltA new class action lawsuit, representing Canadian Full Tilt Poker account holders, was initiated by the Consumer Law Group.
      September 11th, 2011Merge RespondsThe Merge Network responded to rumors that it would be targeted by the US, stating that the rumors had no legitimate basis and business would continue as usual.
      September 14th, 2011FTP Statement: Cost CuttingFull Tilt issued a statement to regarding cost-cutting procedures including possible future redundancies.
      September 19th, 2011Preet Bharara: "FTP Was a Ponzi Scheme"While a private FTP hearing with the AGCC took place, US prosecutor Preet Bharara called FTP a "massive Ponzi Scheme." Mainstream media heavily reported on this.
      September 20th, 2011Amended Complaint Names Lederer, Ferguson, & FurstAn amended civil complaint was issued by the US with Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson, and Rafe Furst listed as defendants. Information regarding Full Tilt's financial troubles and management compensation was revealed in the complaint.
      September 20th, 2011Rafe Furst RespondsIn response to being added to the civil complaint, Rafe Furst blogged that he had "nothing to hide."
      September 21st, 2011Full Tilt Responds to Ponzi Scheme CommentsFull Tilt attorney Jeff Ifrah argued that while Full Tilt made bad decisions and mismanaged player accounts, the situation was similar to a failed bank and was not a Ponzi Scheme.
      September 21st, 2011French Investors Serious About FTP?Subject: Poker revealed that French investors were interested in purchasing Full Tilt Poker, and that a letter of intent had been signed.
      September 23rd, 2011Laurent Tapie Identified as InvestorA rumor surfaced that Laurent Tapie was a member of the investment group interested in the purchase of Full Tilt. 
      September 23rd, 2011DOJ Issues Warrants for FTP AccountsThe DOJ issued warrants for the seizure of several bank accounts belonging to Ray Bitar, Howard Lederer, Chris Ferguson, and Rafe Furst.
      September 26th, 2011FTP Nearing DealJeff Ifrah told that the French investment group interested in Full Tilt was nearing a deal based on the contingency that the AGCC did not revoke Full Tilt's license.
      September 29th, 2011AGCC Revokes Full Tilt Licenses & DOJ CommentsThe AGCC revoked all but 1 license belonging to Full Tilt (the remaining 1 was suspended). They also issued a determination notice explaining the decision and stating that $331 million was seized by the DOJ, which in turn released a statement of its own.
      September 29th, 2011Full Tilt Responds to AGCCIn a statement on, Full Tilt stated that the AGCC's decision to revoke FTP's licenses significantly harmed the potential purchase of the company and hurt player chances of getting repaid.
      September 30th, 2011AGCC Director: "FTP is Wicked"In an interview with EGaming Review, AGCC director Andre Wilsenach called Full Tilt "wicked" and said there was no way the AGCC could have known of the site's issues.
      September 30th, 2011FTP & GBT Sign Acquisition AgreementIn a statement on, Full Tilt announced that an acquisition agreement had been signed with Groupe Bernard Tapie.
      October 2nd, 2011Campos and Elie File Motions for DismissalIndicted payment processors John Campos and Chad Elie filed motions for dismissal from Black Friday charges, claiming poker was exempt from US law.
      October 3rd, 2011AGCC Addresses Full Tilt PlayersThe AGCC released a statement addressing Full Tilt players and clarifying that they no longer have authority on any issues related to Full Tilt.
      October 4th, 2011WSJ: Players May Receive EquityThe Wall Street Journal reported that players with very large sums of money on Full Tilt may be offered equity stakes in the company rather than a reimbursement.
      October 6th, 2011GBT Attempts to Safeguard Full Tilt AssetsSubject: Poker reported that GBT intended to appoint a chief restructuring officer to take over FTP operations while negotiations and the takeover process continued.
      October 11th, 2011AGCC to Hold Full ReviewIn response to immense criticism from the public, the AGCC vowed to hold a complete review of their processes.
      October 11th, 2011Ifrah: DOJ Negotiations ContinueJeff Ifrah confirmed to that rumors of negotiations ending were false.
      October 12th, 2011Tony G to Sue AGCCTony G released a statement saying he would take legal action against the AGCC because he believed they knew about Full Tilt's problems.
      October 18th, 2011GBT Hires US AttorneyGroupe Bernard Tapie hired an experienced gaming attorney in the US to work towards a deal with the US Department of Justice.
      October 20th, 2011Subject: Poker: "AGCC Was Wrong"Subject: Poker reported that the AGCC had falsely reported on DOJ seizures, and that the actual seized amount was $159 million rather than $331 million.
      October 22nd, 2011Pocket Kings LayoffsPocket Kings, employer of Full Tilt's support staff, announced approximately 180 redundancies within the company.
      October 25th, 2011Player Survey by French MagazineFrench magazine LivePoker conducted a survey of Full Tilt players to determine which one of three potential payout options the players preferred.
      October 27th, 2011FTP Settling with MarylandFull Tilt Poker began discussions with the District of Maryland to settle an outstanding civil suit related to seized assets in Swiss accounts.
      October 28th, 2011KGC Issues Release on UB/APThe Kahnawake Gaming Commission issued a statement explaining their attempts to liquidate the assets of Blanca Games Inc. in order to distribute the proceeds to players.
      November 1st, 2011GBT & DOJ Reach AgreementSubject: Poker reported that the US and GBT had reached an agreement on the terms of purchase of Full Tilt Poker's assets.
      November 3rd, 2011Tapie: "Deal with DOJ Signed in 15 Days"Laurent Tapie told iGamingFrance that the deal with the DOJ should be signed within 15 days.
      November 15th, 2011FTP Entities File Claims for $98MSeveral individuals and companies related to Full Tilt filed claims for $98 million so a vehicle could be set up for them to turn those assets over to the DOJ.
      November 17th, 2011FTP Deal SignedIn a statement to, Full Tilt announced that GBT reached a deal with the DOJ to purchase Full Tilt's assets for $80 million, pending Full Tilt's release of them.
      December 3rd, 2011UB Data Leak Contains Millions of AccountsLarge amounts of personal data belonging to UB account holders was leaked publicly. No credit card or bank information was part of the leak.
      December 7th, 2011AGCC Commissions Independent ReviewThe AGCC commissioned an independent review to be conducted in order to assess how the regulatory authority dealt with the Full Tilt situation.
      December 15th, 2011FTP & GBT Reach Agreement on Asset TransferFull Tilt and the Tapie group reached an agreement assuring FTP that if they forfeited their assets to the DOJ, GBT would buy it.
      December 21st, 2011AP Founder Pleads GuiltyAbsolute Poker founder Brent Beckley pleaded guilty to Black Friday charges, making him the 2nd individual to do that after Bradley Franzen had in May.
      December 23rd, 2011DOJ: Wire Act Doesn't Apply to Online PokerThe US DOJ released a legal opinion stating that the Interstate Wire Act of 1961 doesn't apply to online poker. This decision has positive implications for future poker legislation.
      January 18th, 2012Rubin Pleads GuiltyPayment processor Ira Rubin pleaded guilty to three Black Friday charges.
      February 1st, 2012Ferguson Not InterferingLaurent Tapie denied rumors that Chris Ferguson had been holding up a Full Tilt takeover deal, and additionally expressed confidence in a deal happening soon.
      February 1st, 2012Class Action DroppedThe class action suit originally filed against Full Tilt on July 2nd, 2011, was dropped.
      February 2nd, 2012GBT Unable to Collect Debts from ProsGBT attorney Behnam Dayanim informed that several high-profile players owed substantial sums of money to Full Tilt, and that GBT was unable to collect.
      February 3rd, 2012Barry Greenstein Responds to GBT StatementBarry Greenstein released a statement admitting that he owed Full Tilt $382K and explaining his reasons for choosing not to pay GBT that money.
      February 8th, 2012Judge Sends Campos and Elie to TrialPayment processors John Campos and Chad Elie's motions for dismissal from their charges were denied, and a trial was set.
      February 27th, 2012Tapie Lawyer: "Positive Progress"Behnam Dayanim told that FTP and GBT were very close to reaching a deal, and due to positive progress they extended the deal's previous deadline.
      February 28th, 2012Ryan Lang Pleads GuiltyPayment processor Ryan Lang pleaded guilty to Black Friday conspiracy charges.
      March 6th, 2012Ray Bitar Apologizes to the Poker WorldIn an exclusive interview with, Full Tilt Poker CEO Ray Bitar publicly spoke to the poker world for the first time since Black Friday to apologize to those he affected.
      March 14th, 2012Full Tilt Deal Imminent?Rumors surfaced that GBT's takeover of Full Tilt would happen within several days.
      March 20th, 2012Elie/Campos Evidence ConsideredPayment processors Chad Elie and John Campos submitted requests to a US Court regarding what evidence they felt should be admissible in their trials.
      March 22nd, 2012Tzvetkoff to TestifyIn the Elie/Campos trial scheduled for April 9th, former Intabill head Daniel Tzvetkoff was set to testify.
      March 26th, 2012Chad Elie Pleads GuiltyPayment processor Chad Elie gave up on fighting the DOJ and pleaded guilty to a single conspiracy charge.
      March 27th, 2012AGCC Review ResultsThe independent review commissioned by the AGCC came back and concluded that the AGCC's actions were "appropriate, timely and fair."
      March 27th, 2012John Campos Pleads GuiltyJohn Campos pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor charge, and his highly anticipated "poker trial" would not take place.
      March 29th, 2012Judge Questions Campos Plea DealThe Judge presiding over the John Campos trial requested that the prosecutors provide him with an explanation of why they allowed Campos to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge rather than a felony.
      April 3rd, 2012FTP Hiring & Applying for LicensePocket Kings placed 14 available job positions at Irish online recruitment agency, and it was discovered that Orinic Ltd., a Full Tilt company, had applied for a Category 2 gaming license.
      April 13th, 2012New Full Tilt Class Action LawsuitThe same poker pros from the first class action suit against Full Tilt filed a new one against Chris Ferguson and Howard Lederer, claiming their actions are responsible for US players being unable to access their account balances.

      by Matt Kaufman

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