Full Tilt Poker, which has recently been acquired by its one-time rival PokerStars, began verifying player accounts on Thursday, over one year after it shut down its services to online poker players worldwide.
The online poker room has sent emails to some of its registered real money non-US players, requesting them to send some documents to continue playing at Full Tilt Poker when PokerStars will re-launch it as a separate brand in early November.
According to the email, Full Tilt Poker has to verify the identities of its players “in the interest of account security and in accordance with the anticipated Isle of Man regulatory requirements.”
If players furnish their documents now, their accounts will be considered active and verified when the site is re-launched. Once the site has been successfully re-launched, players can gain access to their accounts as usual and withdraw their money.
Former non-US players of Full Tilt Poker who want to withdraw all their funds or continue playing at Full Tilt Poker are required to produce a copy of their photo identification, such as passport, driver’s license, or any other document issued by the government. They also need to produce proof of the address they had provided upon registration. Full Tilt Poker will accept documents such as utility bills, telephone bills, vehicle insurance papers, home insurance papers, pay slips, credit card statements, or bank statements. The online poker room has directed players to either scan their documents or send “high-quality digital photographs.”
This means that non-US players will be able to gain access to their Full Tilt Poker accounts and withdraw their money soon. However, Full Tilt Poker’s American players are still waiting for information on how they should claim their funds. The Department of Justice (DoJ) has taken up the responsibility of reimbursing US players and had also advertised for a claims administrator to process claims made by Full Tilt Poker players. But the DoJ has not provided any update on the progress it has made in recruiting a claims administrator for Full Tilt Poker. According to the DoJ, Full Tilt Poker owes around 1.3 million US poker players around $159 million.
Before its acquisition by PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker was owned and managed by a group of poker pros, who are currently facing a number of criminal charges filed against them by the DoJ.
According to the latest Full Tilt Poker news, the company has begun hiring again.