PokerStars Shuts Out Former Full Tilt Poker Affiliates

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It’s not a surprising move in the least, but questions still remain after PokerStars’ announcement that the company will not be paying out affiliate debts related to the “old” Full Tilt Poker.

The announcement was made via email to affiliates.  The gist:

  • If you were an FTP affiliate and FTP owed you money, PokerStars is not paying you that money.
  • If you have affiliate earnings commingled with poker funds in your account balance, Stars will only be letting you withdraw the poker funds (how they are determining which is which is less clear).
  • Full Tilt will have an affiliate program, but not at relaunch.  PokerStars is shooting for the first quarter of 2013 for the FTP affiliate program roll out.

That second part is likely to stir up more dust than the first.  The third is more confusing than anything else, as you’d think PokerStars would want all guns firing at relaunch.  Perhaps they’re just hoping a few months will make affiliate more likely to forgive and forget the nonpayment, but that’s just speculation.

One item that the email didn’t address is whether players who were referred by an affiliate will still be considered referred by that affiliate after the Full Tilt relaunch.  Full Tilt did not respond to my request for comment on this question.

Excerpt from the email below:

Other than the non-US player balances, The Rational Group did not assume any liabilities of the previous Full Tilt Poker companies and therefore previous contractual agreements that Full Tilt Poker may have had with affiliates were excluded. As such, The Rational Group is not liable and will not pay for any affiliate earnings which may have been due to you under your agreement with any former Full Tilt Poker company. 

For those accounts where player funds are commingled with funds derived from affiliate earnings, The Rational Group will only be making the portion of the funds relating to your previous player activity available for withdrawal.


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