Rumours are rife that Laurent Tapie is ready to relaunch Full Tilt Poker in Europe within the next few weeks after it was claimed the Groupe Bernard Tapie (GBT) managing director had relocated to Dublin.
Many might wonder what the significance is of such a move for the GBT exec. Well, PocketKings – Full Tilt Poker’s parent company – are based in the Irish capital city, as stressed in a PocketFives article detailing the claims from an unnamed source, so appearing to give credence to the assertions.
While the initial deadline for GBT to complete the deal to purchase Full Tilt has passed, an extension from the US Department of Justice (DoJ) has been put in place – and it appears Tapie is spending several days every week making moves for the relaunch of the beleaguered poker room that once held second position among the world’s biggest sites, behind PokerStars.
If GBT do manage to buy Full Tilt, they will be responsible for paying back all the poker room’s non-American customers, while the DoJ will reimburse US players.
Groupe Bernard Tapie ‘Finalising The Deal’
In the article on the online poker forum and rankings site, it is claimed that the deal is almost completed and that GBT’s focus is now on reviving the poker room as the one-year anniversary of Black Friday approaches.
Of course, April 15 of last year was a momentous occasion as the DoJ took down a lot of poker sites, including Full Tilt, PokerStars and Absolute Poker.
However, it now looks likely that Full Tilt will once again be open for custom in the near future as a source stated that GBT “are finalising the deal” with the DoJ, while stressing that “it’s a done deal” and that the French investment company are preparing to “re-open Full Tilt Poker in Europe”.
Source Claims ‘Deal Should Be Signed Next Week’
In fact, the source was so confident of the transaction being completed that he added “the deal should be signed next week”. Now, that doesn’t give Tapie much time to have the site ready for its relaunch – and it will be interesting to see what the poker room will be named after the Full Tilt brand has been so seriously damaged.
However, another insider who, it is claimed, is close to negotiations later spoke to PocketFives and seemed to counter those original assertions by pointing out that no purchase was imminent when saying “it is anybody’s guess” when the deal will be completed.
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