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Alderney suspend Full Tilt Poker licence

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Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) have revoked the licence of Full Tilt Poker with immediate effect.

The licence had been suspended since 29 June and an initial hearing scheduled for late July had been adjourned at the request of Tilt’s legal team, with a rescheduled hearing eventually taking place in London on 19 September.

After a week and a half of silence from the AGCC, the regulatory body have now confirmed that the three groups trading as Full Tilt Poker have lost their licence following “serious breaches” of AGCC regulations including false reporting, unauthorised provision of credit, and failure to report material events.

The AGCC have stated they were “fundamentally misled” about the “operational integrity” of Full Tilt Poker, as Tilt had claimed to have funds which were actually “balances that had been covertly seized or restrained by US authorities, or that were otherwise not actually available to the operator”.

The AGCC also revealed that the licence revocation does not prevent a “reactivation of the business under new ownership and management”, adding that all unresolved claims by players against Full Tilt were now matters for police and civil authorities.

Here is the AGCC statement in full:

AGCC Commissioners, sitting as a tribunal, have today revoked the licences of Vantage Limited, Filco Limited and Oxalic Limited, trading as Full Tilt Poker (FTP), with immediate effect. This follows the earlier suspension of the licences on 29th June 2011.

At a hearing held in London over six days, it emerged that FTP had fundamentally misled AGCC about their operational integrity by continuously reporting as liquid funds balances that had been covertly seized or restrained by US authorities, or that were otherwise not actually available to the operator. Serious breaches of AGCC regulations include false reporting, unauthorised provision of credit, and failure to report material events.

At the commencement of these proceedings on 26th July AGCC made clear its preference to hold the hearing in public, to the benefit of players and media alike. However, the tribunal was persuaded that the hearing should be held in camera on the basis of claims by FTP that this would maximise the chance of a commercial rescue of the business for the benefit of players. For this reason an adjournment of 54 days was allowed.

It is important to note that the revocation of FTP’s licences does not, as has been suggested, prevent a reactivation of the business under new ownership and management. Unresolved claims by players against FTP become a matter for the police and civil authorities. Now that FTP’s licences have been revoked, AGCC no longer has jurisdiction over these companies. The licence of Orinic Limited, a recently added geographic sub-division of the FTP poker room, remains suspended.

The determination notice containing the decision of the Commissioners and reasons for it is available at http://www.gamblingcontrol.org/userfiles/file/Determination%20Notice%20290911.pdf
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