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Full Tilt Poker: File Now or Never

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The deadline for U.S. customers of Full Tilt Poker to file a petition to recover their FTP balance is now only hours away.

Players have until November 16th, 2013 to file a petition.

While one assumes that deadline refers to end of day Eastern Standard Time on the 16th, the Garden City Group has offered only the date, and not a specific time, as a deadline.

After that deadline passes, the majority of players will lose their best chance at seeing their Full Tilt Poker balances – frozen since Black Friday – returned.

Anyone can file a petition. You do not need to have received any notice from the GCG. If you had a balance at Full Tilt Poker on Black Friday, you can file a petition and attempt to have that balance returned.

Start the filing process here.

Getting help with the process

If you have questions about the process, refer first to the FAQ on the Garden City Group’s website, located here. If you still have questions, you may find additional answers in our FAQ here.

But if you require any help with the process or have any remaining concerns, I urge you to contact the Garden City Group directly:

As of last week, the Poker Player’s Alliance reported that some 35,000 claims have been filed. Of those, 80% are said to have accepted the balance amount proposed by the GCG.

The working timeframe for return of funds in situations where balances were uncontested is the first quarter of 2014, also per the PPA.

Legal challenge brewing?

With the deadline fast approaching, Chad Elie – who served time for charges related to Black Friday – made an interesting request on Twitter:

Elie clarified in subsequent tweets that he was “working with attorney regarding remissions” and looking for affiliates, vendors and red pros – all groups excluded from the remissions process.

The one group Elie was not looking to connect with, somewhat unsurprisingly: shareholders.

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