Full Tilt is asking non-U.S. players to verify their accounts by submitting documentation in advance of the scheduled Nov. 6 relaunch.
In emails sent to rest-of-world players, the soon-to-be up and running online poker site has requested that players provide copies of valid photographs such as a driver’s license, passport, or any government-issued I.D. Proof of residence documentation is also being summoned in the form of phone bills, utility bills, bank statements, credit card statements, and automobile or home insurance papers. Such verification is needed “in the interest of account security and in accordance with the anticipated Isle of Man regulatory requirements.”
It isn’t altogether clear whether the emails have been sent to particular countries or regions, but one would presume that all non-U.S. players would be required to submit the proper paperwork prior to logging on and re-obtaining access to their funds that have been frozen in cyberspace since the shutdown of Full Tilt in the middle of last year. According to the email, players will be blocked from cashing out or playing until full compliance has been effected.
Providing valid documentation now will ensure that your account is fully verified and active upon relaunch, stated the email.
Once relaunch and system testing has completed, you will have unrestricted access to your Full Tilt Poker account, including all cashier functionality and poker games. The email suggests forwarding the required documentation as email attachments and urges players to ensure that said attachments are
scanned copies or high-quality digital photographs.
The agreement in which PokerStars acquired the assets of Full Tilt via negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) calls for rest-of-world players to be reunited with their funds within 90 days of the early August finalization of acquisition and updating player account information appears to be part of the process. U.S. players would undoubtedly be overjoyed at receiving such an email and getting on with reimbursement. However, the DoJ’s asset and forfeiture division has not yet announced plans in which Americans may submit claims to their funds.
As the highly-anticipated relaunch progresses, the Full Tilt board members who allegedly caused the mess to begin with by operating what prosecutors have referred to as a “global Ponzi scheme” have been hit with new charges seeking the forfeiture of their assets. DoJ attorneys are attempting to recoup a total of $137 million from Ray Bitar, Rafe Furst, Chris Ferguson and Howard Lederer, which was allegedly used to fund extravagant lifestyles.