July 12,2012 : POKERSTARS CALMS FEARS AFTER TWITTER SCARE
Originator declines to reveal his ‘sources'
With all the legal action swirling around Full Tilt Poker and Black Friday civil claims this week it was hardly surprising that a tweet claiming that the Pokerstars attempt to acquire Full Tilt Poker had been derailed caught everyone's attention.
The tweet reportedly originated from one James Barnes, who is apparently a lawyer who often tweets on insider information about the Full Tilt debacle from his Twitter account @JamesBarnesEsq.
In a series of tweets, Barnes claimed that the Pokerstars attempt to acquire FTP had "folded"; alleged that it was "never a real deal – just a bluff" to prevent Groupe Bernard Tapie from taking ownership; and a bargaining chip in trying to ameliorate DoJ actions.
He then claimed: "DOJ have rejected proposal by Isai to have civil charges dropped. He's worried about jail time," and asked: "Pokerstars have gone all-in! Will DoJ fold?"
However, quizzed on his sources, Barnes advised that he could not go into detail, although he stood by his allegations.
ESPN blogger Andrew Feldman contacted Pokerstars' communications chief, Eric Hollreiser, who said that the allegations were "false."