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The Lederer Files - The Beginning

Howard Lederer Interview
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An Introduction

Matthew Parvis, CCO at, broke the news yesterday of the upcoming release of "The Lederer Files." For months the poker community has waited to hear from Howard Lederer on Full Tilt Poker; what happened from the beginning with the signing of the UIGEA and all of the events that took place up to the current date.

In "the introduction" Parvis maps out his journey of how to approach the whole mind boggling concept of what was laid at his door when he received a phone call on Thursday, August 30th, from someone that let him know Lederer was ready to break his nearly two-year silence in an interview with PokerNews.

The first issue to be addressed was the burden of representing the poker community, one that PokerNews has worked hard to serve, and during the initial conversation with Lederer, Parvis made it clear "that if he (Lederer) was looking for an outlet to make this easy on him in return for the opportunity to run a story, then we were not interested."

Both parties agreed to a video interview so nothing would be lost in the translation and then preparations began; gathering as much information as possible "in relation to Full Tilt Poker's rise and fall, Lederer's relationship with the company, and the indictments and complaints from the Department of Justice."

The interview was held on the 46th floor of The Palazzo in Las Vegas on September 8th at 5 p.m. With a massive amount of footage, shot over seven hours, the PokerNews crew spent the last week reviewing and preparing the information.

The video will be released in six or perhaps seven 30-minute video segments. Those segments will be published throughout the week and include "topics such as payment processing, segregation of player and operating accounts, Ray Bitar, Phil Ivey, player loans, Black Friday, and the eventual forfeiture of Full Tilt Poker assets to PokerStars."

Read the full report here.

The Beginning of Full Tilt Poker

This is Part 1 of the exclusive interview that held with Howard Lederer. Lederer discusses the early phases of Full Tilt Poker and gives his initial impression of CEO Ray Bitar and the company's original Board of Directors and investors - and more.

About his decision to come forward, Lederer said, "I just think now is the time for the poker public to get some answers to questions that they deserve to have answered; for them to get some facts that have obviously not been shared with them over the last 15 months.

"There were very good reasons why the company and the principals were not discussing these issues in public during the 15 months, but now that the deal has been completed, I think this is the time."

Part 1 of the video:

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