The Garden City Group, the company responsible for administering all Full Tilt Poker fund dispersals, recently announced that approximately 1,500 claims had been denied by the U.S. Department of Justice after not meeting remission requirements.
Affected players were notified via email.
“Certain individuals’ petitions were denied was because they did not meet the remission requirements,” a DOJ spokesperson said. “This is for specific reasons, all different for each petitioner.”
Players have until May 16, 2016 to file an appeal.
“Every case is fact-specific. There were requirements on the form you needed to fill out in order to petition for the claim,” the spokesperson said. “Depending on each claim, whether they fit the requirements for the petition, they were accepted or denied.”
According to FullTiltPokerClaims.com, the website GCG setup to handle this process, players who were eligible to receive a refund needed to meet the following requirements:
- You must be a United States citizen or you must have resided in the United States at the time of playing on the FTP gaming site.
- You did not receive compensation as a foreign FTP player in connection with the PokerStars Settlement.
- You must have deposited funds into an account with FTP.
- Your account with FTP must reflect a balance owed by FTP to you as of April 15, 2011.
Players were excluded from participation in the remission process if they were:
- A past or present employee of FTP or any of its past or present affiliates;
- A past or present Team Full Tilt player;
- A past or present shareholder of FTP, Tiltware LLC, Kolyma Corporation A.V.V., Pocket Kings Ltd., Pocket Kings Consulting Ltd., Filco Ltd., Vantage Ltd., Ranston Ltd., Mail Media Ltd., or Full Tilt Poker Ltd.;
- A past or present officer or director of FTP, Tiltware LLC, Kolyma Corporation A.V.V., Pocket Kings Ltd., Pocket Kings Consulting Ltd., Filco Ltd., Vantage Ltd., Ranston Ltd., Mail Media Ltd., or Full Tilt Poker Ltd., or any of their past or present affiliates;
- A defendant in any civil action or a claimant in any forfeiture action brought by the Department of Justice related to the violations alleged in this action, or any related action (or any of his or her affiliates, assigns, heirs, distributees, spouses, parents, children, or controlled entities); or
- A person who, as of the Bar Date, has been the subject of criminal charges related to the violations alleged in this action, or any related action (or any of his or her affiliates, assigns, heirs, distributees, spouses, parents, children, or controlled entities).
Any players appealing the denials will need to prove they meet the remission requirements as outlined above. Any clerical errors that were made would also need to be corrected.
As of March 11, the DOJ had paid back 94% of petitions filed.