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Affiliate Issue Remains a Concern in Full Tilt Remission Process

The Full Tilt remission process for U.S. players is over three weeks old and one lingering concern that remains pertains to a number of players being tagged as affiliates and thus, ineligible for reimbursement.

A scan of the thread at 2 + 2 dedicated to the remission process indicates that many players report or feel that they are being wrongly flagged as affiliates. This problem has yet to be sorted out in its entirety and may be part of the reason why a low number of claims have been filed to date.

One poster at 2 + 2 identified as “1938ford” reportedly spoke to an attorney at the DoJ’s Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section (AFMLS) over a week ago and was advised of several details that Full Tilt claimants who are still experiencing problems would no doubt like to be made aware of.

First of all, claims administrator Garden City Group (GCG) will not be making the final decisions in approving or denying player petitions. The GCG’s task is to collect the petitions and compile the information obtained. The AFMLS will be in charge of resolving the affiliate issue that continues to perplex players who are being wrongly labeled as such.

Contrary to popular belief among players, the exclusion list pertaining to affiliates was not established in order to enable the DoJ to keep as much player funds as possible. U.S. Full Tilt players are seen as victims of fraud. The DoJ aims to keep those individuals who may have benefited fraudulently from continuing to benefit via the remission process. That is the reason for the exclusion list.

The AFMLS is fully aware that a number of players are being labeled as affiliates who should not be. Obtaining funds via rakeback and player referrals does not make one ineligible for reimbursement according to the exclusionary provisions established. This bears repeating. The AFMLS understands rakeback and players who are unfortunately being tagged as affiliates who did nothing more than receive rakeback are not ineligible.

The attorney suggested that those who are identified by the GCG as affiliates submit petitions anyway. It is not clear at this time when the affiliate issue will be resolved, but that the AFMLS is cognizant of the problem and fully expects to make the proper determination in due course. So it is imperative for players to get their petitions on file regardless of the CGC’s perhaps erroneous affiliate labeling. It is acceptable for players to give reasons why they are not affiliates on their original petitions.

Keep in mind that the AFMLS has never handled a remission case of this magnitude, nor has it ever been involved with electronic submissions of petitions. Problems involving the uploading of numerous documents to support player claims have been reported. Solutions to these problems have been attempted and recent posters to the thread are claiming greater success as of late.

The AFMLS lawyer pointed out that claims are being accepted until November 16 and no priority will be given to early filers. So those U.S. players wondering if they need to file early in order to be paid first in case the remission funds run out, so to speak, need not worry.

There may be an update in the future on the FAQ section of the GCG website dedicated to the remission process that better addresses the affiliate issue and the associated problems. Players are advised to take note that the AFMLS does follow the 2 + 2 thread and is very aware of the concerns being raised by players.



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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.