Gus Hansen Returns to Full Tilt Poker

Gus Hansen at WSOP 2006 Rio, Las Vegas

Gus Hansen

Gus Hansen has agreed to represent the new Full Tilt Poker according to a press release issued today. The role will be a familiar one for the popular Danish poker player who held a similar position with Full Tilt under previous management. Hansen, a world-class backgammon player as well as one of People Magazine’s “Sexiest Men,” has long been a fan favorite. Since the demise of the old FTP Gus has played online at PokerStars (mostly PLO and PLO8) under the screen name “Brokski.” After Tilt’s re-launch this November, Gus will be back “home” and he’s ready for the challenge of rebuilding the reputation of the former #2 site in the world:”I’m very excited to represent the industry’s most authentic poker brand” Hansen stated. Players around the world are eagerly awaiting the return of FTP and Gus’s high stakes matches.

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Full Tilt Poker (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The full Press Release:

GUS HANSEN WILL RETURN AS THE FACE OF FULL TILT POKER
“The Great Dane” becomes re-launched site’s first brand ambassador

DUBLIN – October 2, 2012 – FullTiltPoker.com today announced that international poker star and tournament legend Gus Hansen will return as brand ambassador for the site, which plans to re-open for real-money poker on November 6, 2012.

In August, PokerStars obtained the assets of Full Tilt Poker and committed to reimburse Full Tilt Poker customers outside the U.S. whose accounts have been inaccessible since the previous management closed the site in June 2011.

Full Tilt Poker will offer real-money poker games and tournaments globally, with the exception of the U.S., France, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Estonia and Belgium. Full Tilt Poker’s customers in the rest of the world can soon look forward to accessing their accounts and playing on the re-launched site, confident that they are supported by PokerStars’ history of integrity combined with Full Tilt Poker’s track record of delivering the highest quality online poker experience.

Hansen, a poker icon and four-time WPT champion, already boasts career tournament earnings of nearly $11.2 million and is widely considered to be one of the best all-around players in the world – whether it be large tournaments, live cash games or online. As a former Full Tilt Pro, Hansen, 38, is excited to be returning to one of the world’s leading poker brands.

He said: “I’m very excited to represent the industry’s most authentic poker brand. Full Tilt Poker has the best games, most innovative software and the strongest poker community; to me this feels like coming home.”

“Gus is one of the best-known and most respected names in the poker community,” said Sarne Lightman, the newly-appointed Head of Marketing at Full Tilt Poker. “Gus has always embodied the best characteristics of the Full Tilt Poker brand and we are thrilled to have him return as an ambassador.”

“Expect plenty more news in the comings weeks,” states Lightman. “More international pros, exciting launch promotions and the return of Full Tilt Poker as the world’s most innovative poker site.”

Players can start playing on Full Tilt Poker from November, 6 2012

For more information contact press@ft-services.com

About Full Tilt Poker
FullTiltPoker.com is a leading poker brand known for delivering the most authentic online poker experience in the world. Full Tilt Poker’s innovative software, game design and game play make it the online home for serious poker players.

Full Tilt Poker is being re-launched in November 2012 by The Rational Group, which also operates PokerStars, the world’s largest online poker site. Full Tilt Poker plans to operate globally under license from the Isle of Man, which provides rigorous regulatory oversight and deploys the best practices in ensuring player fund protection and the security and integrity of online poker.

PokerStars Announces Full Tilt Re-Launch Plans

PokerStars issued a press release today updating their plans for the much-anticipated re-launch of Full Tilt Poker. The company is making good on its agreement with the U.S. DOJ and plans to reopen the first week of November 2012 with all players (outside if the U.S.) funds available. For residents of France, Spain, Denmark, Estonia, and Belgium players will “pair” their FTP & Stars accounts and use their Stars account to withdraw/ play. Details for Italian players are still being worked on. Players from the United States are still waiting for updates on repayment from the U.S. government. All other players around the world will have access to their funds to play/ withdraw once FTP opens in early November.

A copy of the Press Release is below:

The Poker World Responds to The Lederer Files

Here’s a collection of some of the many responses to the Lederer Files that have popped up online over the last few days.

It’s only right to start with Matthew Parvis who actually conducted the interview. He gives his thoughts in a written article on PokerNews- The Lederer Files: The Process and Opinions

Not exactly Edward R. Murrow

Next is an interesting blog from Bill Rini. He offers his unique perspective on the videos as someone who actually worked for Full Tilt in the past.

A Review of The Lederer Files (Parts I – IV) and Andy Bloch Interview
Covers the first 4 parts of the interview and has this “BaghdadHoward” photoshop:

Well played Rini

And The Lederer Files Parts 5, 6, and 7 covers the end of the interview.

Daniel Negreanu took a brief respite from tweeting to conduct a short interview with PokerListings. Negreanu: Ivey, Juanda Will Refute Lederer Files

Haralabob tweeted a blog will be out soon with his thoughts:

Barry Greenstein (barryg1) made a post on 2+2 with his take here.

Barry Greenstein moments after winning event #...

That’s a Cosby sweater!

Poker commentator Jesse May just published a blog The Lederer Files: Remaining Questions.

Barry Carter also wrote a blog- The Lederer Files from a Poker Media Perspective.

And finally, if you missed it here is the great montage of Lederer’s interview:

 

Cliffs of Lederer Interview

 

Someone on 2+2 made a great montage of Howard Lederer‘s interview. If you didn’t get to catch all 7 parts of the PokerNews interview this should give you an idea of what it was like:

The thread can be found here: http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/29/news-views-gossip/lederer-i-dont-know-montage-enjoy-1249671/

 

Howard Lederer Interview Part 7

Finally, the exciting conclusion to the Lederer Files is here! Will Howard apologize to players? Who will he throw under the bus this time? Find out all this and more in Part 7!

Daniel is ready!

In part 7 of the PokerNews interview with Howard Lederer, Lederer talks about closing a deal between Full Tilt Poker, the DOJ, and PokerStars on top of addressing Full Tilt’s customers one last time before the site relaunches under PokerStars management.

Responses to “The Lederer Files”

Parts 5 & 6 of the PokerNews interview with Howard Lederer were released today and after a slow start the interview is becoming interesting. Lederer’s first interview since Black Friday naturally has a lot of poker players talking, here are what some famous pros are saying on Twitter.

2003 WSOP Main Event Champ Chris Moneymaker tweeted:

Sports bettor/ high stakes poker player Haralabos Voulgaris (who Erick Lindgren has reportedly owed a large sum for some time) comments on Lederer’s claim that Lindgren borrowed $2 million (actually receiving $4 million) to pay back debts:

Daniel Negreanu was outspoken as always. A few of his many tweets on the subject:

Former FTP pro John Juanda also chimed in with some thoughts and corrected Howard’s claim that Juanda was the 2nd largest shareholder in the company:

And finally on Reddit, someone claiming to be a former employee at Full Tilt Poker (“ftpinsider” ) gave a glimpse behind the scenes at FTP and shared his feelings from watching the video. The Lederer Files: 30% Truth, 30% Plausible Deniability, 30% Lies, and 10% Fucking Bullshit by ftpinsider can be found on reddit here.