Full Tilt Poker Now Suspended In EuropeJune 29, 2011 9:01 am
Following the April 15th Full Tilt Poker shut down in the US, the second biggest online poker room in the world now seems to have seen its operation suspended everywhere else.
Apparently many tournaments and cash games were still running when Full Tilt suddenly ceased operating, with players now unable to withdraw money from their accounts.
The dramatic news broke today after the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) announced it was suspending Full Tilt Poker’s operating licence for the sake of public interest, and stated:
“The decision to suspend these licenses follows a special investigation prompted by the indictments unsealed by US Attorney General’s Office in the Southern District of New York on 15th April 2011, during which grounds were found to indicate that these licensees and their business associates were operating contrary to Alderney legislation.”
The matter of Full Tilt Poker’s license has now receive a hearing date of July 26th from the AGCC. In the meantime, the AGCC has stipulated that Full Tilt must not:
1: Register new customers
2: Accept deposits from existing customers
3: Allow existing customers to withdraw funds that are held in their accounts
4: Permit customers to participate in any form of poker game play or gambling transaction.
Full Tilt servers are currently inaccessible to UK players, while the site’s European customers are being told the online poker room is apparently undergoing ‘Scheduled Maintenance.’
It is now uncertain whether and when the site will re-open and what will happen to player’s deposits in the UK, Europe, and the Rest of the World.
The poker-verse has since been flooded by concerned and interested parties posting on twitter, Two Plus Two poker forums and social networks.
UK pro Keith Hawkins wrote: “Full Tilt ceases operations. I guess after Black Friday, today should be called Predictable Wednesday. I hope everyone gets their money.”
Full Tilt celebrity Tom Dwan seemed convinced the site would pull through after Black-Friday, and tweeted at the time:
“I’d guess ftp/stars is worth more than 93c on the $ (almost 100% u get paid but could take 2-3mnths n worst case more.”
Dwan had since offered to return monies received from the site in the event of non-payment but following today’s remarkable breaking news simply stated:
“Seems like Alderney regulatory body (where ftp’s license is) just shut down ftp. Wow I think?”