As Lawyers for GBT remain optimistic about the potential for a buyout of Full Tilt Poker in the first quarter of 2012, the man accused by many of being responsible for the companies misfortunes made his first media appearance for months.
In an interview with PokerStrategy, once one of Full Tilt's largest affiliate partners, Bitar's responses were terse and repetitive.
Bitar claimed his silence was a necessity in protecting the "ongoing legal process" and also, it seems, a result of working very hard: "I have been working every single day since Black Friday to ensure players are repaid", he stated more than once in similar terms.
The brief interview was closed with an apology from Bitar to those affected by "recent events" and in turn PokerStrategy themselves seemed to apologise for the lack of information and brevity of the piece: "PokerStrategy.com recognizes that the poker world is interested in further information, but for this first interview Mr. Bitar requested that we focus on his apology." The man who once called the shots at Full Tilt is seemingly not about to give an interview without strict conditions.
Some may suggest that PokerStrategy's softly-softly approach will be accepted by the community if it leads to Bitar discussing some of the details of how Full Tilts financial decisions led the Department of Justice to label it a "global ponzi scheme". Until then, the mood of the poker community as gaged on the forums and on twitter remains hostile as people wait for new information.
Full Tilt had its gaming license revoked by the Aldernay Gambling Commission when its financial difficulties after the events of Black Friday became apparent. Thousands of players have yet to see their funds reimbursed.