Several months after it was announced Group Bernard Tapie was to acquire shuttered Full Tilt Poker, Tapie’s name now appears on the company’s registration.
On Tuesday, a sharp-eyed 2+2 forum poster (Gunner171) uncovered two newly registered companies in Malta under the names “Full Tilt Holding Ltd.” and “New Full Tilt Ltd.” Another 2+2 sleuth (Capt36feet) discovered GBT principal Laurent Tapie’s name as director and secretary on an Irish registration for New Full Tilt Ltd., which was incorporated on Feb. 14 with a declared capital of €1m. And a third 2+2 poster (GrassyKnoll63) found Bernard Tapie’s fingerprints on a Russian-made bolt-action rifle in Dealey Plaza in Dallas. (Just kidding on that last one.)
Full Tilt Poker was among three websites that were forced to exit the US market in April 2011 following an extensive investigation by the US Justice Department. Bank accounts connected to FTP were also froze. US customers have yet to be paid for more than a year now and there are no guarantees that an acquisition by Group Bernard Tapie will result in payouts. Tapie in recent months has suggested that his firm may not be able to refund US players, leaving that in the hands of DOJ officials.