Week That Was: Full Tilt Refunds Go Out, WSOPC Palm Beach DQ Issued

The first wave of long-awaited Full Tilt poker balance reimbursements hit bank accounts Friday afternoon.

The first wave of long-awaited Full Tilt poker balance reimbursements hit bank accounts Friday afternoon.

It was one of the busiest weeks in recent memory, with lots of good news for poker players. An event nearly three years in the making gave American Full Tilt Poker Players something they thought they might night never see again – their player balances. The American online poker market also got some more good news – in the form of a groundbreaking agreement between Nevada and Delaware.

Add in a resolution to a chip stealing controversy in Florida and a poker pro making an appearance on “Survivor” and we have a lot to cover in the Week that Was.

First Wave of Full Tilt Refunds Hit US Players’ Accounts

1,050 days. That’s how long some American poker players had to wait for their balances on Full Tilt poker to be returned. April 15, 2011 was one of the darkest days in the history of poker, and after nearly three years of uncertainty and legal proceedings the Garden City Group finally deposited the first wave of player repayments on Friday.

After months of positive movement, the GCG announced those payments in emails and updates to FullTiltPokerClaims.com. Players who experienced banking issues, but had balances confirmed through the GCG will be part of a second wave of payments, which will come in the form of ACH deposits or checks. There is still some uncertainty for players who were affiliates, with their petitions due Sunday.

The first wave of payments reached over 27,500 players, who were paid approximately $76 million. One of the biggest beneficiaries was Blair Hinkle, who joined Lance, Paul and I on this week’s episode of The Rundown. We also talked to Online Poker Report’s Chris Grove about the Nevada/Delaware agreement and online poker in California.

Nevada and Delaware Sign Partnership for Interstate Online Poker

There are only three states who offer legalized online poker within their borders, but an agreement made by Nevada and Delaware could set up the guidelines for a large intrastate compact as online poker bills gain traction around the country. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed an agreement to pool all of the players in both states, while simultaneously setting up a framework for other states to join once online poker becomes legal in their state.

There’s been little word on the likelihood of New Jersey participating in such a coalition.

Chan Pelton DQ’d from WSOPC Palm Beach, Banned from Caesars Properties

After two weeks of uncertainty, there’s been a resolution to the situation that developed during heads-up play of Event 9 at the WSOP Circuit Event in West Palm Beach. Chan Pelton removed a T25,000 chip from play and tournament staff realized it quickly – once he was approached, Pelton quickly returned it – but the damage had been done. Both the WSOP and the Palm Beach Kennel Club released statements, disqualifying Pelton from the tournament and banning him from that card room and all Caesars properties. Pelton will receive no prize money.

Garrett Adelstein Stars on Survivor, Goes Out Second

High stakes cash game pro Garrett Adelstein was one of 18 cast members selected for “Survivor: Cagayan”, the 28th season of the reality show. BLUFF spoke to Adelstein prior to the season premiere of the show Wednesday, about his poker career and his thoughts about the show. Adelstein was selected as part of the Brains tribe, but was the second member of his six person team to get voted out during the two-hour premiere.

LAPC Kicks Off WPT’s West Coach Stretch

There are five World Poker Tour events on the schedule in the month of March, including two of the highlights of the season in the LA Poker Classic and Bay-101 Shooting Star. The LAPC Main Event got underway Saturday, and BLUFF caught up with Tournament Director Matt Savage to talk about the series, Main Event expectations and the long term effects of re-entry tournaments.

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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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