Full Tilt to Host Montreal Festival Full Tilt Poker has announced the first Full Tilt Poker Montreal Festival, which will be held from September 21 to October 3 at the Playground Poker Club in Kahnawake, a short distance away from downtown Montreal. There are 17 events scheduled, with most buyins ranging from C$60 + C$10 to C$200 + C$20. There are freezeouts, rebuys and reentry tournaments as well as a couple of unusual formats, like “NLH Big Ante” and “NLH Win The Button.” Most of the events are held in NL Hold'em format, but there are a couple of PLO events. The Main Event costs C$1,000 + C$100 to enter, and features a C$1m guaranteed prize pool. It is a re-entry tournament with three start days. Anyone who is knocked out of the event on one of the first two starting days can rebuy on a subsequent starting day. There are ways for players to win entry to the Main Event through online satellite freeroll tournaments. Players who qualify in this way will receive extra benefits, including special competitions and promotions, and will get a Full Tilt Poker.net player bag, filled with merchandise. Players who qualify online and get to the final table of the Main Event will receive a custom Full Tilt jacket, and if they win the tournament, they will receive a custom avatar for their Full Tilt Poker account. In order to receive these benefits, qualifiers must wear Full Tilt patches throughout the event. For more information about the Full Tilt Poker Montreal Festival, check out Full Tilt's http://www.fulltiltpoker.net/live-events/montreal-festival/details
Poker Community: Garden City Group Not Best The Garden City Group (GCG) had been chosen as the claims administrator for Full Tilt Poker's US player funds four months ago. Since that time, no funds have been released to players. It has been two years since the Black Friday seizure of funds from Full Tilt and PokerStars. Unlike Full Tilt, PokerStars speedily paid players their balances. Despite this long delay, the GCG made a tweet Wednesday requesting of its followers, “Vote GCG for Best #Claims Administrator.” The poker community was livid and incredulous. High stakes pro Brian Hastings responded, “Full Tilt poker players have been waiting for their money for over 2 years now. Handle our claims and you will have my vote.” Poker author and coach Jared Tendler made a post to the GCG's Facebook page inquiring, “What have you done for the poker community to earn my (our) vote??? Absolutely nothing.” The amount owed to US players is about $150 million. After Full Tilt's acquisition by PokerStars, Pokerstars paid the US Department of Justice (DOJ) $547 million, out of which players were to be paid. It is not clear why the DOJ waited so long to hire a claims administrator or why the GCG has not yet implemented a process to pay players. There is much speculation that they do not wish to pay the players and would rather hold onto the money for as long as possible. Regardless, it is unlikely that the GCG will receive many votes, at least from poker players, for “Best Claims Administrator” until they expedite the payout process.
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