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FTP "Red Pros" Contracts Will Not Be Honored Per Email Notification

PokerStars - Full Tilt Poker
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The acquisition and relaunch of Full Tilt Poker by the Rational Group (which also operates PokerStars) has left many unanswered questions to date. Of course one of the questions was whether or not former FTP “Red Pros” would be initiated and if former commitments would be honored. PokerNews France managed to obtain an email that answers the question: "Red Pros” will not carry over the red-pro status, nor will their contracts be honored.

“The ‘Red Pro’ team is not being continued by the Rational Group and a new team has been launched under the name of ‘The Professionals’. Unfortunately, we do not have any immediate plans to expand the Full Tilt Pro team at this time.” Newly appointed Manager of Team Pro for FTP Dustin Iannotti sent the email to former FTP Red Pros. “We do not rule this out as a possibility in the future, and because of that, we will keep your contact on file should that plan change at any point.”

The email also stated: “Other than the non-US player balances, The Rational Group did not assume any liabilities of the previous Full Tilt Poker companies and therefore previous contractual agreements that Full Tilt Poker may have had including with FTP Red Pros were excluded. As such, The Rational Group is not liable and will not pay for any amounts which may have been due to you under your agreement with any former Full Tilt Poker company.”

The full email:

Hello,

I understand many of you have had little to no communication with regards to your Full Tilt Poker Pro status for quite some time. I was just recently brought in to assume the role of the new Team Pro manager for Full Tilt Poker and relay some of the information below. While I cannot take responsibility for the silence you dealt with for the past few months, I can tell you that I can understand and appreciate how frustrated some of you must have been. The news below will likely answer some of the questions you have had during this time.

I am contacting you today to give you some information on the following:

- FTP Red Pro Team Status

- Your FTP Screen Name and Avatar

- Rational Group Liabilities with concern to the old Full Tilt Poker

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FTP Red Pro Status

The "Red Pro" team is not being continued by the Rational Group and a new team has been launched under the name of "The Professionals".

Unfortunately, we do not have any immediate plans to expand the Full Tilt Pro team at this time.

We do not rule this out as a possibility in the future, and because of that, we will keep your contact on file should that plan change at any point.

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Your FTP Screen Name and Pro Avatar

For players who changed their screen name once they became sponsored by FTP, we would like to give you a one-off opportunity to change your Screen Name back to the name you used right before you became a sponsored player. We will not allow you to change it to any new screen name, or any screen name used other than the last one used right before you began representing FTP.

We do intend to announce to the poker community via forums that we will be doing this, and we will also keep a list with support staff that can be mailed to any FTP player that writes in and requests a list of players who changed their screen names as a part of this process. We feel this is fair to you, and also fair to your opponents who play with you on a regular basis.

You are welcome to keep your screen name what it was changed to after signing with FTP if you so choose. The same goes for your avatar. If you choose to change your avatar to a Public avatar, you are free to go into your account settings from within the client and change as you wish.

If you wish to change your screen name back to the name you used just before being signed by FTP as an endorser, please reply to this email and state the following:

I want to change my screen name back to (Insert former screen name).

*This way, we can confirm we have the same information.

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Rational Group Liabilities with concern to the old FTP

Under the settlement agreement with the Department of Justice, The Rational Group committed to make available for withdrawal the online poker account balances of all non-U.S. players of Full Tilt Poker. As you know FullTIltPoker.com launched on November 6, and since then non-U.S. players are able to withdraw their balances which relate to previous player activity on the site.

Other than the non-US player balances, The Rational Group did not assume any liabilities of the previous Full Tilt Poker companies and therefore previous contractual agreements that Full Tilt Poker may have had including with FTP Red Pros were excluded. As such, The Rational Group is not liable and will not pay for any amounts which may have been due to you under your agreement with any former Full Tilt Poker company.

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Regards,

Dustin

Manager of Team Pro

Full Tilt Poker

PokerNews.com stated they have reached out to numerous FTP “Red Pros” for comment. Former Red Pro Joseph Cheong responded and confirmed receipt of the email at press time.

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