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Full Tilt Poker CEO Ray Bitar Apologizes to the Poker World

Tags: black friday, black friday, full tilt poker, interview, ray bitar.
Posted on 07 March 2012 by "T".

After almost a year of total silence, Full Tilt Poker's CEO Ray Bitar has finally let a news site interview him. In the interview, which was released yesterday, Bitar talks about, for example, how his life has drastically changed since last April (Black Friday) and why he the rest of Full Tilt's owners haven't made any statements. Below is the full interview with Ray Bitar: 

Ray, there has been public outrage surrounding the fact that you have been silent since the Black Friday shutdown and indictments. Can you say why you haven't made any public statements?

Ray Bitar: There are two reasons. One is the ongoing legal process which has precluded me from providing any relevant information surrounding the on-going investigation, and of course, I have not wanted to jeopardize the process in any way. While I could have made general statements throughout this process, they would not directly relate to the issues under investigation. Any such statements would be so general in nature that they would not provide answers to the many questions people understandably have.

The second reason is that, along with others, I have been working every single day since Black Friday to ensure players are repaid, which has been my top priority, as well as working on the future plans of FTP. This work had to be done out of the scrutiny of the public eye. And so while it might satisfy people to have specific information about those ongoing discussions - and it would certainly take some of the heat off myself - I am convinced that such public statements would diminish the likelihood of a successful outcome, which is what we need to be focused on.

My love for the sport and the poker community has made it very difficult to keep silent, particularly in light of the many angry sentiments directed at FTP, myself and others, in newspapers and blogs. Given the lack of information that has been made public, I can certainly understand these sentiments. My primary focus has been and continues to be working towards getting us to where we want to be - the repayment of the players and the survival of the company. I have been fully dedicated to this cause and am doing everything possible for a beneficial outcome.


What's been happening since Black Friday?

Ray Bitar: My life has drastically changed since last April. As a manager of Tiltware, I have been cooperating fully with the DOJ so they can complete their investigation. Beyond that, I spend a good deal of my time making sure that FTP survives and that the players get repaid. I know that these events have hurt a lot of innocent people and it's my main job to make things right. I continue to work on these issues, day and night until we resolve them.


Is there anything you would like to say to the online poker community?

Ray Bitar: I would like to offer my sincere apology to all who have been affected by these events and to clarify that my silence was not an attempt to "hide," or "ignore," the situation. It was done out of necessity to ensure the focus remained on the continued efforts to reach the best outcome for the players. My entire focus is on obtaining a successful resolution for the players. I hope that before long I can provide some good news for all of the players involved.

 


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23 comments for "Full Tilt Poker CEO Ray Bitar Apologizes to the Poker World"

 SuperNoob07/03/2012 17:06:03 GMT
i think he wants to say-
me and my friends took your deposit money and screwed the site and thousands of players playing on it.
US govt exposed us or we wud hav got ourselves few millions more.
we hav delayed funds return as we been busy to coverup our operation so we can escape with slap on wrist and then enjoy women/ dope with ur hard earned money.
we dont giv a fuck about you but since i'm doing this interview, i might as well say -i'm sorry.
we cool bro? Cool
 Keterin07/03/2012 17:49:20 GMT
give me back my two bucks fifty B!tch
 IslandJack07/03/2012 18:14:34 GMT
Posted by SuperNoob:
i think he wants to say-
me and my friends took your deposit money and screwed the site and thousands of players playing on it.
US govt exposed us or we wud hav got ourselves few millions more.
we hav delayed funds return as we been busy to coverup our operation so we can escape with slap on wrist and then enjoy women/ dope with ur hard earned money.
we dont giv a fuck about you but since i'm doing this interview, i might as well say -i'm sorry.
we cool bro? Cool


LMAO !

Thumbs Up
 mascona07/03/2012 18:33:04 GMT
Fat asshole !!! You will lose your smile during shower time ....
 IslandJack07/03/2012 19:48:07 GMT
It probably means GBT is close to finalizing the deal, and he wants to start promoting his image again so he can go outside without getting beat up. Smile

So all in all, good news probably, even though what he said means nothing.
 Endre8907/03/2012 19:49:44 GMT
Does sombody realy belive that they gonna pay back that money? They alredy spent it...
 7art-kas707/03/2012 20:23:29 GMT
fat idiot
 IslandJack07/03/2012 21:13:51 GMT
Posted by Endre89:
Does sombody realy belive that they gonna pay back that money? They alredy spent it...


It's not them paying back the money smart guy.
It's the DOJ and GBT.

The deal is almost there, should be finalised this month.
 Mober07/03/2012 21:30:55 GMT
Yea it will be finalised next month.
We still dont know what year though Smile

And i didnt see any good news.
Just more blah,blah,blah,blah..... Big Smile
 TheMachineQC07/03/2012 21:31:34 GMT
Posted by SuperNoob:
i think he wants to say-
me and my friends took your deposit money and screwed the site and thousands of players playing on it.
US govt exposed us or we wud hav got ourselves few millions more.
we hav delayed funds return as we been busy to coverup our operation so we can escape with slap on wrist and then enjoy women/ dope with ur hard earned money.
we dont giv a fuck about you but since i'm doing this interview, i might as well say -i'm sorry.
we cool bro? Cool


Worship

Seems pretty easy to come out the closet now that the dust is settled... They will just try to look like they regret what they did to reduce the sentences Disagree
 djtopato07/03/2012 21:57:03 GMT
Moron steel have smile on his FACe FY man,y Phil ,Dwan, and other morons from tilt especialy fy to Bernard Tapi Shadow
 mandy196607/03/2012 22:01:13 GMT
Fat twat should be shot Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile Big Smile
 Greenmohave07/03/2012 22:31:54 GMT
I'm upset and want my cash back which isn't thousands, but a few hundred. I really do hope that something good tutrns up out of this whole scandal so some new sites can be opened on line. I know people are pizzed at this guy, but if the DOJ wouldn't have stepped in we'd all be playing on FT fat and happy!
 aatje08/03/2012 08:42:40 GMT

SuperNoob

3/7/2012 5:06:03 PM GMT



i think he wants to say-
me and my friends took your deposit money and screwed the site and thousands of players playing on it.
US govt exposed us or we wud hav got ourselves few millions more.
we hav delayed funds return as we been busy to coverup our operation so we can escape with slap on wrist and then enjoy women/ dope with ur hard earned money.
we dont giv a fuck about you but since i'm doing this interview, i might as well say -i'm sorry.
we cool bro?


YEAH SUPERNOOB !!

Thats exacly how it is yes...
Hoping that he can maybe ever get out in the real world again without getting a hamer planted in the back of his head by some angry victome of FTP
Well i hope people dont fall for these kind of statements
He had a long time to think about what he's going to say and has carefully prepared of course

WELL EVERYONE DONT FALL FOR THIS BS OF THIS CRIMINAL
 Husseinov08/03/2012 09:18:51 GMT
Scam .. I do not think anyone has received money back or someone will get money back. I do not think one even had more than 10 usd in mind when closed ..
Good luck to the game! Aww crap!
 Fakiry08/03/2012 12:02:00 GMT
His apologies will not change anything, people want their money back, in the first moment, and then they want guilty people to be punished by the law. It was a big rob, things can’t pass unpunished.
 pochui08/03/2012 16:12:57 GMT
i am so sorry guys, will you accept my sincere apology, not the cash, just apology- cash is just for me, you know i worked so hard, therefore i believe i truly deserve a private plane and a couple of ocean front villas for my efforts- but i can repeat myself- i am truly sorry, hope you will accept this
 B1gfoot08/03/2012 19:29:54 GMT
Apologise in cash bitch, actually screw the cash, hope you get time, I will happily forfeit my $ for that satisfaction.
 linz4713/03/2012 14:59:48 GMT
long before this black friday i was stroked out of money at full tilt poker so it does not surprise me that everyones money was lost. just because my mate logged into the site of my broadband when i was playing in another room i was frozen out and lost over 700 dollars that was in my account i got on to them and told them that this was basically theft but they didnt seem to care maybe ferguson and the others had a nice night out with it
 badfold100103/04/2012 22:17:19 GMT
fuck fat dick sucker should be put in jail with the rest of his blood sucking buddies till they rot. THieves...suck my tiny balls
 michaelwilk03/04/2012 23:01:53 GMT
lol you never get put in Jail for something like that you pay the right people the right amount of dollars and you set the same bullshit operation up under a different name owned and operated by shell companies that will not reflect upon the man.... And the government would push for a bigger rip so they get a bigger kickback

Or am I just being Cynical>>>>>lol
 schwabo04/04/2012 00:13:06 GMT
His life is changed from black friday,poor guy ,no more chicks and dope Aww crap! Aww crap! Aww crap! Aww crap! Aww crap! Aww crap! Aww crap! Aww crap! Aww crap! Aww crap! Aww crap! Aww crap! Confused
 bullettooth104/04/2012 09:23:08 GMT
what a tool. who has a massive company earning millions of dollars and dont have the right knowledge or management to run it properly??? absolutely crazy all those at the top who have caused such anguish to so many players should be shot. (not literally but you know what i mean)
biggest load of arseholes ever.
im sure the bernard tapie group will get it right. (fingers crossed)

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