HNR 2/5: Tapie Talks Full Tilt Deal; EPT Final Table

Dustin Gouker : February 5th, 2012


Laurent Tapie talks about the Full Tilt sale and the possibility of it being held up by outstanding debts by poker pros. And the EPT Deauville is at a final table. It’s all in the weekend edition of the PTP Hit and Run.

Full Tilt update: Laurent Tapie, the head of Groupe Bernard Tapie, did an interview in which he talked about the group’s attempted purchase of Full Tilt Poker and the outstanding player debts owed. He confirmed that $16.5 million is owed by 19 poker pros. He also confirmed that if those debts are not paid, it may hold up the sale of Full Tilt. According to the interview, if the owed money is not paid, “GBT will have to make up the shortfall, generating an additional cost to the overall operation that GBT is not willing to take on, especially as the financial position of Full Tilt, as it appears following the audit, is actually worse than expected.” Phil Ivey, Barry Greenstein and Erick Lindgren are among those who apparently owe money, according to various reports in the past week.

EPT: The European Poker Tour Deauville is at a final table, and PokerStars pro Luca Pagano is among the players still alive. Full report here, get updates and chip counts here.

Meanwhile, the EPT Grand Final will be held in Monaco starting in April. More details here. A 100K Euro super-high roller event will be part of the festivities.

Rewind: Check out the best poker videos of the week, including a look at the WSOP schedule for 2012, a new PokerStars commercial, and poker in dominoes.

75 billion: That’s a lot of poker hands. Read about who won some money when the milestone hand was dealt at PokerStars here.

Romney against online poker: Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney isn’t a fan of legalized online gaming and poker. So, if you’re basing your vote for president on the future of regulated online poker in the U.S., you probably want to stick with Barack Obama.

Quick hitters:
–Daniel Negreanu blogs about just about everything under the sun, including his poker account getting hacked, and the Full Tilt situation.
–The In and Out List for the week.
–Pop star Robbie Williams put his name on a free-play poker site.
–Subject: Poker is closing up shop.
–Sam Trickett talks about the high-stakes cash game at the Aussie Millions.
– takes a look at whether the WSOP’s November Nine should continue in the future.
–A bill that would have allowed resort casinos in Florida hit a roadblock. Meanwhile, online poker regulation is back on the table in Iowa.

Get your daily dose of poker news with the PTP Hit and Run.

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