AGCC trekt licentie Full Tilt Poker in
De Alderney Gambling Control Commission heeft vanmiddag een persbericht op haar website geplaatst waarin de lezen valt dat de licentie van Full Tilt Poker nu volledig is ingetrokken. Dit betekent overigens niet, zo staat nadrukkelijk in de release, dat de website voorgoed zijn licentie verspeelt heeft. Mocht er een nieuw management aantreden dan kan de website andermaal een licentie aanvragen. De statement leest als volgt:
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 Now that FTP’s licences have been revoked, AGCC no longer has jurisdiction over these companies.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.
Lees het volledige document via gamblingcontrol.org(PDF, 256kb). Opvallend is daarbij punt acht van het volledige verslag. daarin valt te lezen dat niemand van de kant van Full Tilt Poker aanwezig was bij de hoorzitting:
Upon hearing that FTP's application for a further adjournment had been rejected by the Commissioners, FTP notified the Commissioners on the 21st September 2011 that neither it nor its legal advisors would take part in the regulatory hearing. In the absence of FTP's presence at the regulatory hearing, the Commissioners have treated each of the allegations as being challenged by FTP and have therefore proceeded on the basis of a contested regulatory hearing.