Since the acquisition of Full Tilt Poker by PokerStars a week or so ago, players from all over the world rejoiced when they learned that their balances that Full Tilt owed them would be paid back. However there was little thought given to the former employees of Full Tilt.
When Full Tilt went down, all 450 staff was instantly made redundant and had their own issues about not receiving their pay etc. Since then the Dublin based headquarters has been in obvious turmoil regarding the situation, though PokerStars have again covered themselves in glory.
PokerStars has confirmed that 200 of the staff that are still on the books of Full Tilt poker will retain their jobs, with the further possibility of former employees getting their jobs back as and when PokerStars start work on bringing the former poker site back to its former glory.
Back when the acquisition was made, PokerStars head Of Corporate Communications; Eric Hollreiser stated that it was far too early to completely reveal PokerStars plans for the Full Tilt rebirth, though he did state that the site would definitely be online once again.
Full Tilt will be owned by PokerStars, though it will be run as a completely different entity. Hollreiser confirmed “We will keep Full Tilt running out of Dublin, where we expect to keep all of the current staff and even have a recruitment drive to completely necessitate its running”
The Global Poker Rankings Under New Ownership
The world’s number one poker player rankings index is now under new ownership after Zokay Entertainment bought the patent pending from Pinnacle Entertainment.
GPI ranks the performances of the world’s top 300 poker professionals on a weekly basis and is known as the best poker player ranking index in the poker scene.
The head of Zokay Entertainment has some grand plans for the GPI, with a new national and regional ranking system, a glittering awards ceremony and a brand new GPI VIP club.
He said “The GPI is already known as the best poker ranking system in the world, and our plan is to make it so much more better than it already is” then he added “Every form of completive sport or event needs ranking system, to recognize the players that have shown a particular level of performance over the year”. They aim to have a system on par with the ones that are found in sports such as tennis and golf.
The current leader in the GPI is Jason Mercier who is closely followed by player s such as Grospellier, Smith and Seidel, though this is always likely to change before the player of the year is announced.