4/19/2012 : PUBLIC HEARING PLANNED FOR NEW FULL TILT POKER LICENCE
Alderney Gaming Control Commission will open Orinic application to the public
The Alderney Gaming Control Commission seems to have learned from its mistake last year, when it closed the public out of a hearing in which embattled Full Tilt Poker was arguing against its suspension.
On Thursday the Commission announced that it is to hold a public hearing next month on an application made by Full Tilt Poker subsidiary Orinic Limited for a new licence.
The Full Tilt subsidiary applied for the licence recently and the issue will be considered at the Braye Beach Hotel in Alderney on Thursday, May 3, at 14:00 local time, during which oral presentations will be heard.
The news is the latest indication that FTP may soon be online again under the management of French company Groupe Bernard Tapie. It follows reports that the company is again hiring staff in Ireland; that there are reports of a company bearing the FTP title applying for licensing in Malta; a new company bearing the FTP brand has been registered in Dublin, with Laurent Tapie and an associate as sole directors; and the hitherto dormant FTP operational website has been the subject of what appears to be player-based software testing.
Orinic currently has a suspended Alderney licence, and is presumably trying to get that suspension replaced with a new Category 2 eGambling licence.
Player’s still owed money by FTP will be hoping that the surge in activity at FTP heralds payments, especially US victims of the FTP debacle, who are depending on a settlement that will enable the Department of Justice to pay them out of monies seized from the online poker company.