Full Tilt Poker has announced that it will not retain former FTP Red Pros as sponsored players at the newly re-launched online poker room. The online poker room sent an email to its Red Pros explaining its decision and outlining future options for them.
Dustin Iannotti, FTP’s new Team Pro manager, apologized for FTP’s long silence on the issue of Red Pros and wrote, “The “Red Pro” team is not being continued by the Rational Group and a new team has been launched under the name of “The Professionals”. Unfortunately, we do not have any immediate plans to expand the Full Tilt Pro team at this time. We do not rule this out as a possibility in the future, and because of that, we will keep your contact on file should that plan change at any point.”
The new owner of Full Tilt Poker, which also happens to be PokerStars’ parent company, is The Rational Group.
Later, Iannotti stated in his email, “Other than the non-US player balances, The Rational Group did not assume any liabilities of the previous Full Tilt Poker companies and therefore previous contractual agreements that Full Tilt Poker may have had including with FTP Red Pros were excluded. As such, The Rational Group is not liable and will not pay for any amounts which may have been due to you under your agreement with any former Full Tilt Poker company.”
When it was signing a settlement deal with the US government, The Rational Group did not agree to continue with the contracts signed with the Red Pros. FTP, which is newly re-launched under The Rational Group, does not need to continue sponsoring these pros, especially as the move would not fetch any profits.
Iannotti’s email also mentioned a new group of pros called The Professionals. The first member of this group was Gus Hansen, referred to as Full Tilt Poker’s ambassador in October. Tom Dwan and Viktor Blom soon joined Hansen.
Before Full Tilt Poker pulled down its shutters, it used to sponsor a large number of Red Pros. The 14 core members of the pro group included Dwan, Hansen, Patrik Antonius, Andy Bloch, Phil Ivey, Jennifer Harman, Chris Ferguson, and Howard Lederer. Besides, the group also included members of Team CardRunners and Team Limpers, 160 poker players known as Full Tilt Pros, and 34 players known as Friends of Full Tilt.
The Red Pros, however, can continue using their names at FTP.