The Poker Players Alliance (PPA) just released news for U.S. players that have been waiting for their Full Tilt Poker (FTP) refunds. The Department of Justice finished the audit of petitions that were submitted by online players to the Garden City Group (GCG) and the release of $82 million was approved and is set to be disbursed to approximately 30,000 players.
On Wednesday, John Pappas, Executive Director of the PPA, released a statement with the good news at the TwoPlusTwo forums.
“Yes good news. I spoke with AFMLS/DoJ staff today and they informed me that they have approved approximately 30,000 undisputed player claims totaling approx $82 million dollars in remissions,” Pappas wrote. “Garden City should be making a formal announcement on its website, fulltiltpokerclaims.com, within the next 24 hours. Players with undisputed claims should be looking for an email from Garden City Group within the next few weeks with instructions on how to receive their payment. The DoJ could not provide me with a definitive date on when these emails will go out and when payments will be processed. But it looks like it will be in advance of their March 31 deadline.”
The GCG received some claims that “were filed incorrectly or incompletely,” Pappas said in the news release. An email explaining the issues will be issued to anyone with such a claim.
“The question of affiliates and pros is still unresolved,” Pappas continued. “The DoJ and Garden City are working on this very diligently and I trust they will be sharing news with this affected class of players soon. As they have indicated, there will be a new filing window for those players.”
The deadline for petitions to be submitted was Saturday, November 16th, 2013; but it was only a few days after the deadline that the GCG announced players could still submit late petitions, but there was no guarantee they would be accepted.
If you have yet to file a claim, you still can at FullTiltPokerClaims.com.
“Overall, I was very impressed that the DOJ worked through these issues and shared the info with the PPA,” Pappas concluded. “It has been a long time coming, but I think phase I and 82 million of players money will be returned very soon.”
Look for more on this story as it develops.