Full Tilt Poker’s former affiliates are currently facing a situation that has advantages as well as disadvantages. As affiliates, they are considered qualified to file a remission petition with Garden City Group (GCG), the company recruited by the US federal government to handle Full Tilt Poker claims. On the downside, they will not get their affiliate funds.
Recently, GCG published a new announcement regarding the remission procedure. The company stated: “It has been determined that affiliates of Full Tilt Poker (FTP) will be able to remit petitions for remission to recover the portion of their account balances that does not relate to their affiliate status. Affiliate accounts have been flagged as such because the player signed up with FTP as an affiliate.”
An affiliate can, therefore, submit a petition for remission to get back that part of their account balance related to poker transactions. GCG also stated that it is currently in the process of getting fresh data from Full Tilt Poker regarding its affiliate accounts. And once GCG completely receives and reviews this data, it will send an email to all affiliates with instructions on how to submit a petition along with login details enabling affiliates to file their claims online. Affiliates will then have to submit a remission petition within one month. The GCG also promises: “The filing process for affiliates will not delay the processing or payment of other petitions for remission.”
This means that any affiliate payment credited into affiliates’ Full Tilt Poker accounts by the site will be forfeited and affiliates cannot expect to get it back. However, if an affiliate was also a player, his/her poker money will be refunded.
Those who were affiliates of Full Tilt Poker before Black Friday are far from happy as they have lost a lot of money that they deserve for their hard work. Affiliates had definitely hoped for much more than this, but one can hardly expect the US government to honor any contract that affiliates had made with Full Tilt Poker, during the remission process.
Currently, not even two percent of Full Tilt Poker’s former US players, considered eligible to claim a refund, have actually filed a petition. The GCG’s recent announcement is not likely to increase this number as it is quite clear now that affiliates will lose their affiliate payments, but will be able to retrieve only those funds related to their poker gaming activities.