The process of preparing to relaunch by Nov. 6 went a step further as Full Tilt Poker has sent emails to non-U.S. players in order to verify player accounts.
Players must provide Full Tilt with valid documentation “in the interest of account security and in accordance with the anticipated Isle of Man regulatory requirements.” A copy of a valid photo I.D. is required, such as a passport, driver’s license, or similar government-issued identification.
Documents accepted as proof of residence include utility bills, phone bills, credit card statements, bank statements, and home or automobile insurance papers.
“Providing valid documentation now will ensure that your account is fully verified and active upon relaunch,” the email stated. “Once relaunch and system testing has completed, you will have unrestricted access to your Full Tilt Poker account, including all cashier functionality and poker games.”
Full Tilt suggests sending the documentation as attachments to an email and informs players that such attachments need to be “scanned copies or high-quality digital photographs.”
It is not entirely clear if the emails are being sent out regionally or in some other organized fashion, but the presumption is that all rest-of-world players must take part in the process to again be reunited with their funds. According to the acquisition and settlement agreement made with the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) that allowed PokerStars to purchase Full Tilt, non-U.S. players must be reimbursed within 90 days and player verification is merely part of the procedure. Players in the U.S., of course, would be more than happy to get on with the remission process, but the asset and forfeiture division of the DoJ has yet to inform Americans how to stake a claim to their frozen funds.
While relaunch preparations are underway, the Full Tilt board of directors are facing new charges in a second amended complaint that seeks to subject Howard Lederer, Ray Bitar, Chris Ferguson and Rafe Furst to forfeit assets in the aggregate sum of $137 million.