Though many players are getting tired of having their hopes raised by hearing more rumors about the sale of Full Tilt to PokerStars being a done deal, the scuttlebutt has reared its head again.
As reported by Wendeen Eolis of Poker Player Newspaper, a member of the World Series of Poker Players Advisory Council and dubbed by many as the “grand dame of poker,” Eolis apparently has word from “a consistently impeccable resource” that the deal is imminent and Full Tilt players can expect reimbursement. Although the complete details have not been revealed, Eolis fully believes that "FTP customers will see their monies well in time for Christmas shopping.”
Players at the shuttered poker site have had to endure numerous done deals over the past year or so, first to Group Bernard Tapie, who had everyone believing the acquisition was a sure thing by placing ads for employees to handle customer service functions in Ireland before the DOJ insisted on full player reimbursement within 90 days--a provision that GBT deemed undoable. Then PokerStars came into the picture seemingly to bail out players and exert an even stronger chokehold on the online poker industry. The latest rumors prior to Eolis' article occured roughly two weeks ago when other so-called "credible sources" hinted that PokerStars was bluffing all along.
The surrender of Ray Bitar earlier this month and his statement that his return to the U.S. to face the charges against him was "part of the process" needed to "get the players repaid" fueled even more hope to Full Tilt players that the estimated $390 million stuck on the site in players' accounts will finally be reimbursed. We can only hope that the deal will actually go down this time.