Thursday, January 31, 2013 : WHEN WILL FULL TILT POKER U.S. PLAYERS BE PAID?
 
Department of Justice says that a third party claims administrator will be appointed ‘soon'
 
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.