Full Tilt Poker Back on Twitter, FTP Doug Revealed!

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One of the first concrete manifestations of Full Tilt’s relaunch occurred yesterday when the company introduced (via 2p2 and Twitter) the new room manager for FTP.

Say goodbye to FTP Doug and hello to … FTP Markus. Shyam Markus, that is. The first tweet from the new public face of Full Tilt Poker:

Ok, a little simple, but right now simple is good. Simple is very good.

The link in the above tweet goes to a 2p2 thread where FTPMarkus is answering questions about the relaunch of Full Tilt Poker. Or, as he’s calling it in the thread, the pre-relaunch of FTP. Mini-bombshell from the thread: Markus was FTPDoug the whole time. Most of the whole time. Here’s how he explains it:

I’ve been with the company since late 2005. In mid-2006, shortly after we all moved to Dublin, my co-worker and I (both having similar, Poker Room related jobs) thought it would be a good idea to answer questions on 2+2 and give some more details about what was in each update. He created the “FTPDoug” account and I tagged along. He wrote I think 3-5 of the very early “FTP Answers” posts, but quickly left those posts to me and since late 2006 nobody wrote an “FTP Answers” post except for me.

The co-worker did continue to write a few of the shorter non-“Answers” posts, and responded to some PMs and emails as Doug. After he left the company in the summer of 2008 (and certainly his leaving is where people like Nat Arem and Bill Rini got the idea that the “original” Doug left the company), nobody wrote anything as Doug other than me.

After Black Friday, I was asked to post all of the “official” statements about the situation. I want to make it clear that even though I didn’t write most of what was posted in those statements, I never posted anything I believed at the time to be untrue. It was devastating when I eventually found out that the company didn’t have the funds to cover player balances and I’m truly sorry for anything I posted that turned out to not be true.

He goes on to address an number of points of interest for FTP players (no word on US payments, obviously), so give the thread a read if you haven’t already.

Follow FTPMarkus on Twitter.

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