G-poker, which can be accessed at www.g-poker.ca, has reported that Groupe Bernard Tapie (GBT), a French investment company, has decided to launch its own online poker room using the funds it had earmarked for the acquisition of Full Tilt Poker.
It may be recalled that GBT was negotiating with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) for the acquisition of Full Tilt Poker. However, the acquisition deal was not successful as GBT and the US DoJ could not come to terms over the issue of refunding Full Tilt Poker’s players.
According to a GBT email leaked last week, GBT would refund Full Tilt Poker’s players if and only if they registered at its new online poker room. Speaking about the leaked email, Jeremy Taylor, the spokesperson for G-poker, said, “It’s unlikely this email was ‘accidentally’ leaked. This news will generate positive interest in GBT’s proposed site. But what puzzles everyone is why public companies like 888 or Bwin.Party didn’t try to acquire Full Tilt Poker, as its database will be invaluable once the U.S. permits online poker. Both 888 Poker and Party Poker are set to begin operating in the U.S. once online poker is legalized — in fact, they’ve already reached agreements to that end with reputable casinos in Vegas. Perhaps they believe this position is strong enough to dominate the future U.S. online poker market even without Full Tilt’s database.”
Stating that G-Poker always recommends 888 Poker and Party Poker for Canadian online poker players, Mr. Taylor said that recently 888 Poker and Caesars Entertainment got into a partnership deal so that they could grab a share of the US online poker market when it is legalized. Taylor said that entering the US online poker market in the company of Caesars Entertainment would be the best thing for 888 Poker because the player database at Caesars is far superior to that of Full Tilt Poker’s.
Further, he said that online poker is legal in Canada and that 888 Poker is attracting a number of poker players from other sites thanks to its unbeatable reputation and Poker 6 software platform.
G-Poker urges Canadian players to either sign up at 888 Poker or at Party Poker, which has recently teamed up with Boyd Gaming and MGM. Taylor also predicts that 888 Poker and Party Poker will be the first to start accepting American players, giving Canadian players the exciting poker competition they crave.