Full Tilt Poker Traffic Down To ZeroJune 30, 2011 7:54 am
Yesterday, thousands of online poker fans received the shocking news that Full Tilt Poker’s remaining operation had been shut down pending a license hearing by the Alderney commission on July 26th in London.
Apparently, Alderney regulators suspended the online licences of several limited companies operating collectively as Full Tilt Poker, i.e. Vantage, Oxalic, Filco, and Orinic.
The regulators then travelled to Dublin, Ireland to the offices of Full Tilt’s software arm, Pocket Kings Ltd, to tell them the news and advise them to stop providing software support, maintenance, marketing or other services to the poker website.
Consequently, not only are 700 jobs currently in jeopardy at the Dublin-based headquarters of Pocket Kings, but now thousands of Full Tilt’s remaining customers have been left hanging in limbo, and unable to play at the online poker room.
On April 15th, Full Tilt Poker was shut down in the US and subsequently lost 48% of its traffic as American players were stopped from accessing the site. Now it would appear that players in Europe and the rest of the world are in the very same boat, with no users currently shown playing on Full Tilt for real money.
In addition, just like their American counterparts, Full Tilt customers have been left wondering when and if they will ever see their deposits again. As PokerScout owner Dan Stewart explains:
“There’s a lot of anger out there. I think a lot of that comes from the uncertainty of having your money locked up for an indefinite period of time with no guarantee you’re going to see it again.”
Just this week it seemed rescue might have been at hand for the beleaguered poker room after rumours started circulating about a possible investment boost by casino business pioneer Jack Binion.
However, the latest controversy to surround Full Tilt Poker may well have delivered a fatal blow to the business already reeling from the U.S. anti-online poker crusade.