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Full Tilt Poker Unravels

by Brendan Murray |  Published: Nov 01, 2011


This month we took the unusual step of extending our deadline at Card Player Europe in order to be able to write about the goings on at the Alderney Gambling Control Commission’s September 19 hearing about Full Tilt Poker’s suspended license. It turned out the hearing was to be held over two days and “in-camera”, that is, in secret, so we weren’t entirely sure if we’d even has a story to write. Then the sucker punch. As all eyes were on London awaiting news of the hearing, indeed while Full Tilt lawyers were arguing their case to get their license back so they could begin operating and generating revenue again, in New York the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) blew Full Tilt Poker apart. It accused two of poker’s leading lights, Howard Lederer and Chris “Jesus” Ferguson, of working with Full Tilt chief executive Ray Bitar to defraud players at ...

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