Full Tilt Poker will re-launch under new ownership on November 6th, 2012.
The Rational Group, which owns and operates PokerStars, obtained Full Tilt Poker in August 2012 and appointed new senior management to reopen and operate the site as a separate brand to PokerStars.
Unfortunately, Full Tilt Poker do not currently intend to operate a real-money poker product in Italy as we do not hold an Italian online gaming license.
Regarding your Full Tilt Poker account balance, we are working with Italian regulators to find a compliant way to repay Full Tilt Poker players in Italy.
The regulations in Italy differ from those in other regulated markets and a satisfactory solution has not yet been found at the time of writing, however we will continue until a solution has been achieved.
We will update you as soon as we have more information.
Joined: May '08
Age: 36 (M)
yeah it seems your money is already being printed, somewhere in the pokerstars headquarters. for me it's a bit strange that pokerstars/ full titl chose not to seek licenses in some countries. i think it's a global brand- and therefore should operate globally, maybe sometime in the future they will, hope so
Joined: Mar '11
Age: 51 (M)
Wish you all the best for getting back your money. Hopefully they will find a quick solution with Italian regulators. I am glad that I will be able to just log in my account and do whatever I want with my (small) bankroll at FT.
Joined: Apr '09
Age: 40 (M)
The problem is not about the brand, is about each country regulation, which turns difficult for PS and now FTP to operate normally. That’s why we have assisted so many changes on PS over the last months. The Portuguese online players I know who goes for higher values when playing already told me that, if PS decides to limit Portuguese players to play one against each other, only Portuguese, they will leave PS. They are few and they know each other, the intention is to go after international money, not to change his Portuguese owner. I still haven’t got any email from FTP and I hope not to receive one like this, I don’t think your money is that close, “Full Tilt Poker do not currently intend to operate a real-money poker product in Italy”, ok “we are working with Italian regulators to find a compliant way to repay Full Tilt Poker players in Italy”, but how will they do it? A transfer? That will have costs, who will support them? The company or the client?
Joined: Mar '09
Age: 43 (F)
Kinda disappointing for you and all the players from the countries they said they dont have licenses. Is it the same story with PS, i mean they dont have licenses there too? The thing that always wonder is, all this time whos pocketing the interest.
Joined: Sep '12
Age: 29 (M)
LOL this is awesome, you can get your money back... i still don't recive a mail... i really want my $85 back and my points when i recive my money... i really don't know what to do ? withdraw or play ? i want to move on Pokerstars or Partypoker.. opinion ?
Joined: Jan '11
Location: United States
Age: 56 (M)
I'm hoping for the best for everyone and just hope it can go back to a simular operation prior to the DOJ stepping in. I know it's got to be different from a money management standpoint to assure they meet various country requirements, but for the most part I hope we all can play on the same sites and if I, as a U.S. player need to be taxed on winnings above my base BR then let them do it.
I just want to play poker on a site that has worldly players, various game structures and good software to play with. Also, meet each countries requirements so we as players can play and have fun.
Joined: Jan '09
Age: 50 (M)
Posted by Sorin888: These kind of "good news" you will get for long time from now.As FT needed almost two years to come back ypur money will stay in their possesion for a too long time
I know what you mean but......long time ago, guess it was around 1990, I was robbed of my beloved vespa 50, witness of thousands adventures.....it is still in the hand of the son of a bitch and I don't see any signl of get it back
Joined: Feb '11
Location: United Kingdom
Age: 56 (M)
Youd think that a massive money making usiness the size of ps and ftp would be able to ensure they had licences in all the countries where they have previously operated or operate now so that everyone gets a fair crack.....but then the US arent getting it all their way either!
Joined: Nov '11
Location: United Kingdom
Age: 33 (M)
i'd imagine they'll be working hard to get a license for italy and all the other problematic countries, of course it's going to take time but i'd rather them re-open asap to who they can rather than waiting to open 'globally'.
Joined: Apr '11
Age: 31 (M)
Posted by chumba77: i'd imagine they'll be working hard to get a license for italy and all the other problematic countries, of course it's going to take time but i'd rather them re-open asap to who they can rather than waiting to open 'globally'.
Be sure that this is what they are going to do mate, if they wait any longer they'll lose more and more money...
I think in the end they'll definately get license for the problem countries of europe like france, italy and spain
Joined: Nov '11
Age: 34 (M)
I just want to ask (because I've never played on FTP) - when they close the site, did they pay users their amount? Or they only freeze them? Because, if they only freeze, and they put cash to bank for some % - they will be very rich guys!