Players Hold Up Full Tilt Buyout

February 15, 2012

As tension surrounding the buyout of Full Tilt Poker by Groupe Bernard Tapie continues to swell, the lag on the finalization of the deal is being blamed on some high-profile poker pros who allegedly owe the company money.

Laurent Tapie commented on the hold up: “The poker community, and particularly that of former players of Full Tilt waiting to recover their funds, deserves to know the reality of the behavior of some major figures in poker who say sorry for the situation …who blame the former leaders, but refrain to indicate how much they have borrowed from Full Tilt, and lost, playing on the site.”

According to Tapie, both Mike Matusow and Layne Flack owe $700,000 each, while Barry Greenstein owes the flailing online poker site $400,000. But that’s not even the half of it. Phil Ivey reportedly owes Full Tilt $4 million and David Benyamine, $2 million.

Matusow tweeted, “For all my fans out there, just to let u all know I don’t owe full tilt anything why my name is mentioned I don’t know.”

However, GBT/Full Tilt attorneys are adamant that Matusow does in fact owe “nearly $700,000.” Attorney Behn Dayanim claims, “Mr. Matusow has not responded to our attempts to reach him to discuss the matter.”

If it were untrue, Matusow would have a pretty hefty slander lawsuit on his hands, but there’s been no news of this.


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