The sense of resentment, deception and plain frustration at the way things have been handled at Full Tilt Poker since Black Friday, especially the continuing silence from the erstwhile management, is finding increasingly vocal expression on the internet.
Some days ago it was Daniel Negreanu, the Romanian born Canadian pro who let it fly at the men behind the FTP fiasco via a video blog. What seemed at that time like the lone voice of Negreanu now appears to be slowly growing into the roar of an angry crowd demanding a modicum of accountability and decency; at the very least some form of communication, from the owners of the shamed site.
Matt Glantz is the latest to come out and speak up against the ex-bosses of FTP. The most consistent player of the World Series chose to use his blog published on cardplayer.com to write an open letter to his “friends at FTP”. Glantz’s tirade was more measured and controlled than the colourful language used by Negreanu but the message was no less clear.
The post is peppered with terms like “disgrace”, “irresponsible”, “thoughtlessly unfair”, “black hole of silence”, “continued disrespect”, “astonishing” and “deafening silence”.
Accepting that he was indeed a sympathiser of and apologist for FTP’s management in the months since Black Friday, Glantz writes that it would soon be a year since that fateful day. He says that all along he had expected some sign of empathy from the FTP owners for the thousands of affected poker players whose money was stuck with the site. Now, says Glantz, he has no option but to “break ranks to speak out” because it is the “honourable thing to do”.
In the blog post he says that thousands of players were “being held hostage” because of the uncertainty surrounding the fate of their money. He makes an impassioned plea to the FTP bosses to come out with a clear statement – even if it were just to say that the money was lost forever – that would allow these people to get on with their lives. He says that in some ways the silence was the most damaging part of the affair for the people whose money is stuck.
While Glantz’s blog post was the point of view of a professional player who followed his conscience and finally spoke out, what was more revealing of the public sentiment was the long slew of comments posted in response to the blog. There was a palpable sense of anger at the way the public have been hoodwinked and a marked lack of trust in the process that is reportedly being followed to recover the public’s money. None of them seemed to believe that the ordinary people would ever get to see the colour of their money from FTP.
That may well be true, unless of course the roar of the angry crowd forces the powers that be to finally do the right thing.