Bernard Tapie linked magazine reaching out to FTP players?
Posted by Bill "zimba" Seibert 1 year, 33 weeks ago
It has been reported by a Spanish online poker community, Poker-Red.com, that a French magazine called LivePoker, with links to Groupe Bernard Tapie, has been conducting some phone survey's with Full Tilt Poker players to gauge their options on how they would handle getting their money back from the site if it were to relaunch.
Apparently, the interviewer wanted to know some general information regarding what the players have done since Black Friday and once the site closed for good. They then presented three options of how the player might handle their cashouts if the site reopened in the near future.
1. Investing part of their funds in company shares. This option has already been weighed as a way to reduce the amount of money needed to relaunch the business. Afterwards, players would be able to sell their shares back to FTP and therefore get all their funds back.
2. Cashout all account balance with a PENALTY, which would mean a percentage of the whole balance. There is no information on how much this percentage would be.
3. Small cashouts that would unlock throughout time. FTP wouldn't charge anything for a player to recover their funds but it would take around a year.
The players who were contacted all had significant sums tied up on Full Tilt, which begs the question of how they were found and contacted. Additionally, was the magazine, with some loose links to Groupe Bernard Tapie instructed to do the survey to gather information on how customers might respond to possible options they might employ?
The player who revealed much of this information, "ANTRODAX", indicated that the French magazine LivePoker is run by George Djen, founding partner of FullFun Company with Prosper Masquelier. FullFun is the company Groupe Bernard Tapie partnered with to set up ISPT, International Stadium Poker Tour. They also own a legal French poker room with an ARJEL (french gambling commission) license, PokerExtrem.fr.