Monday September 19,2011 : Top UK poker information site ends exclusive relationship with FTP…and its four top players leave the FTP Pro roster
The Hendon Mob and Full Tilt Poker have parted ways, apparently because the exclusive nature of the relationship, combined with Full Tilt Poker's business travails make continued operations financially difficult. At the same time, The Hendon Mob's involvement in FTP's Pro Team has been brought to an end, withdrawing Barny Boatman, Ross Boatman, Joe Beevers and Ram Waswani from the Full Tilt roster.
The timing of the announcement will likely not please Full Tilt Poker, which will again be appearing before a hearing into its affairs by its licensing jurisdiction, Alderney, today (September 19). As InfoPowa went to press the outcome of that hearing, which was held in camera, had not been made public.
In a website statement issued over the weekend, the poker information site advised readers:
"From today you will see some changes on the Hendon Mob website.
"Like everyone else in poker we have taken a close interest in the developments of recent months and we are saddened by the problems that continue to beset Full Tilt Poker.
"The Hendon Mob were the first European players to sign up with FTP and this site has been a major affiliate. In the past five years we have made many good friends amongst the Full Tilt staff, Red Pros and of course the growing Hendon Mob community who played with us on the site and supported our league. For all their sakes, and for the wider poker community, we would be delighted to see positive developments in the weeks and months ahead.
"We are well aware that a great deal of players including many who signed through The Hendon Mob still have money on FTP, as well as steps tickets, player points etc. going forward, and in any scenario where Full Tilt Poker resumes trading, we will as an affiliate continue to look out for the interests of our players and to try to achieve the best possible outcome regarding their funds. We do not take the loyalty of our community for granted.
"The Hendon Mob employs a sizable staff of full and part time people who are dedicated to maintaining and improving the database, the forum and everything else that the poker community expects from our website. We are currently running at a substantial loss and this is not sustainable in the long term.
"We have therefore chosen, as well as ceasing to be Full Tilt Pros, to end The Hendon Mob.com’s exclusive relationship with Full Tilt Poker. This frees us for new opportunities, both as a website and as players and we look forward to an exciting future that we hope you will all be a part of."