Poker players have given mixed responses to PokerStars’ acquisition of Full Tilt Poker. When asked what they feel about the acquisition and what they feel it could mean for the online poker industry, they replied that they felt that the acquisition would boost the online poker economy in a big way. They also shared their opinions about the rebranding of Full Tilt Poker, how FTP could regain its previous glory, and many other Full Tilt Poker related issues.

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After getting the views of young Finnish poker player Miikka Anttonen on Saturday, Card Player interviewed poker players Dan O’Brien of the US and Martin Jacobson of Sweden.

Expressing his views, Dan O’Brien said that the acquisition is good for the poker industry in general because players can finally gain access to their frozen funds. He said, “Hopefully, the U.S. Government does the right thing and returns the money they’ve snatched as soon as possible. We are, after all, supposed to be the freest country in the world.” Stating that he would be very glad to see PokerStars back in the US again, he added that “it sounds like it’ll be a while unless we come to our senses and stop electing people who disregard civil liberties.”

He also said, “I’m actually surprised that FT plans to continue as a going concern. Its reputation has been irreparably damaged in my opinion. However, if they are able to rebrand with the backing of Stars and can get some players on the site, I’m sure they could get back into the swing of things again. I’d give FT a 30 percent success rate.”

Voicing his views of the acquisition, Swedish poker player Martin Jacobson said that the poker community suffered a great deal because of the incidents of Black Friday, the subsequent closure of Full Tilt Poker, and its inability to refund its players. He said, “Now it looks like PokerStars are on their way to solving both issues while making one of the best investments they could ever make. Even though I personally did not have any money on FTP when they shut down I’m excited that $300 million is going back into the poker circulation and we’re getting one step closer to re-opening the American market.”

He also said that he is curious to see how PokerStars will make a success out of the Full Tilt Poker brand while retaining its own reputation in the industry.

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