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EDITION 28 OF FULL TILT ONLINE POKR SERIES DUE IN MARCH
Online poker fans can expect a boost to internet action between March 15 and March 29, the dates scheduled for the 28th edition of the Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS).
This time around there will be 35 events incorporated various poker formats and total prize money of at least $4 million, spokesmen have revealed in launching low-cost satellite competitions this week.
Major events in the latest FTOPS will include a Hold'em Rush Rebuy tournament with $75,000 guaranteed; $2,500 buy-in two-day Hold'em tournament with $350,000 guaranteed; and mixed game action along with $25,000 and $50,000 guaranteed prize pools.
ONLINE POKER ACE TAKES A BIG - AND FAST - HIT
The publication High Stakes Data NFL Lines Base reports that Swedish online high stakes poker ace Viktor 'Isildur1' Blom took a serious spanking on the Full Tilt Poker site over the weekend, losing $273,000 in just ten minutes.
Playing heads up against Alex 'IReadYrSoul' Millar, on a $400/$800 NLHE table Blom was crushed in 40 rapid-fire hands, with one pot of $204,000 alone going to Millar.
The HSDB reports that things didn't improve for Blom, who went on to lose another $179,000 to 'KPR16' on the $2,000/$4,000 Omaha Eight or Better tables, ending the day down $236,000 after at one point accumulating a $400,000 bankroll.
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WHEN WILL FULL TILT POKER U.S. PLAYERS BE PAID?
It's been a long wait since Black Friday for Full Tilt Poker players in the United States who found their funds blocked in the legal actions against the online poker site back on 2011.
Since then they've had to patiently wait as news unfolded of complicated criminal and civil legal proceedings, pleas and settlements which culminated in Pokerstars acquiring Full Tilt Poker and agreeing to pay out hundreds of millions in settlement, global player refunds and payments to the Department of Justice for reimbursement to US punters.
Pokerstars paid out global players months ago, but the DoJ has been trying to hire the right independent "claims administrator" to handle the US player situation...a process that seems to have taken an inordinate amount of time.
It is understood that around 1.3 million players are impacted, involving around $159 million now held by the government.
Back in November, the Department said it hoped to make an announcement early in the new year, but January is now all but gone and still there is no news.
The publication Card Player asked the Department for comment this week, only to be told that an announcement would be made "soon."
Not much to pin hopes on, but perhaps some light at the end of a long tunnel.