04/25/2012 : POKERSTARS SPEAKS ON F.T.P. RUMOURS – SORT OF
Not a confirmation…but not a denial either
With rumours of a Full Tilt Poker takeover by Pokerstars still reverberating around the online poker industry late Tuesday evening , a Pokerstars spokesman stepped up to give an official company comment on the twoplustwo message board and the firm's blog.
Eric Hollreiser, head of corporate communications for PokerStars, said in the brief statement: "We've had a lot of enquiries and there's lots of speculation on the forums, so I wanted to address the PokerStars chatter.
"As you know, PokerStars is in settlement discussions with the U.S. Department of Justice. As such settlement discussions are always confidential, we are unable to comment on rumours. As soon as we have information to share publicly, we will do so."
Whilst it did not confirm that Pokerstars was making a bid for Full Tilt, the statement did not deny that it was doing so either.
Pokerstars has already paid out its US players a reported $125 million in the wake of Black Friday, and it immediately reversed out of the US market following that debacle, although charges remain against the owners.
There is now speculation that the talks with US officialdom are to do with halting criminal and civil proceedings in return for an agreed settlement, enabling Pokerstars to clear its slate for the future and complete its acquisition of Full Tilt Poker now that Groupe Bernard Tapie has withdrawn.
Also See :
Groupe Bernard Tapie Official FULLTILT POKER STATEMENT
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Its True POKERSTARS Takes Over FULLTILT Poker
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