A few weeks ago, the Garden City Group announced that Full Tilt Poker players will start receiving the money sequestered by the US government four years ago. As a result of Black Friday, both American and international players saw their accounts blocked and not only were they prevented from playing poker, but also couldn’t make any withdrawals either. Now that the company was appointed by the Department of Justice to oversee the reimbursements, a deadline has been announced and it is November 16.
This is the date at which the reimbursements will begin but meanwhile, players who are eligible for reclaimed funds will be contacted by Garden City Group representatives. The process is supposed to be straightforward, with players receiving an e-mail that contains all the necessary information about how to carry on with the same process, while there has been updates at the FTP Claims website. Starting as early as Wednesday, they will be able to fill the petition in which they will claim the reimbursement of the amount sequestered in 2009.
The e-mail will also contain a Petition Number and a Control Number that players can use when filing for reimbursement and they will get to see their bankroll as of April 15th 2011. Those who are found eligible will have two options, one being to accept the claim and the other to refute it, with each action triggering different outcomes. Those who agree on the amounts decided by Garden City Group will simply need to provide their bank details and patiently wait for November 16 to be paid.
On the other hand, those who consider that they are entitled to more than what the company plans on paying them, should refute the claim and file a dispute form. They will get the chance to present their version of the truth and build a solid case, by uploading all necessary information and evidence they might have. Those who choose to walk down this path should note that they will also be required to send a Taxpayer Identification Number or the Social Security number to the government.
Garden City Group will try to fully reimburse those eligible, but there are no guarantees that players will receive all the money they had in their poker account at the time of the sequester. The good news is that the company is confident that the forfeited funds exceed the estimated claims, so those who lost money after Black Friday have a good chance of reclaiming it all.