The ongoing Full Flush Poker saga took another turn last week after a cryptic but hope-instilling message was published on the old Full Flush domain, FullFlushPoker.com. The message claims that “a group of concerned affiliates and online poker sites” purchased the domain via auction and are currently working on working out a solution to repay the funds lost by victims of Full Flush Poker.
The message also directs former customers of Full Flush Poker to a contact us page to submit information “regarding the extent of their losses.” The message also assures players that they do not need to disclose any personally identifiable information at this time.
Here is the full message, including outgoing links, as it appears on the domain as of 14 March, 2017:
Full Flush Poker and the Equity Poker Network closed operations as of October 2016. Players with unrecoverable funds should continue reading below.
We are the new owners of the domain FullFlushPoker.com – purchased via auction. We are NOT associated with the prior owners. We do NOT have your money. We are NOT liable for the debts of the prior owners of this website. Please continue reading.
The Equity Poker Network has gone out of business. Full Flush Poker, the flagship skin owned and operated by the Equity Poker Network, has also gone out of business. The owners have ceased returning calls, instant messages and emails. Sources tell us that they have relocated from the countries in which they were operating. A number of parties were financially injured as a result of this company closure. Player balances were left outstanding, software vendors were left unpaid, marketing affiliates were stiffed, and employees in the Costa Rican offices did not receive weeks worth of pay.
There is a supposedly pending lawsuit, though no evidence of this litigation has been publicly released, it very well may be a scam. Even if it is legitimate, we do not feel that the attorney, even if the litigation succeeds, will be able to recover any funds. Here is a good explanation as to why it would be likely to fail. Furthermore, the lawsuit and the people promoting it are unknown and unproven. Thus, we do not recommend players to provide personal information to these parties or to send any money upfront as they have requested. To be clear, we are not associated with, nor do we endorse, these parties.
A group of concerned affiliates and online poker sites have come together in an attempt to help victims of the Equity Poker Network and Full Flush Poker business failure. Our goal is to provide a means by which players might recover their lost balances. While we finish working out the details of this program, we are asking players who suffered financial harm to contact us and provide information regarding the extent of their losses. Players need not provide any personally identifying information when submitting a claim.
While this is surely a reassuring development for some of the victims of Full Flush Poker, a healthy dose of caution is warranted for several reasons. First, the message offers no details as to the identities of the new owners of the Full Flush domain.
- Who are these “concerned affiliates?
- Which “poker sites” are involved?
- What are their motivations in helping victims recover “lost balances”?
The message also offers no details of the program by which lost balances will reportedly be restored, although it does claim the new owners are still working out the details of the program.
This sense of mystery and the overall tone of the message do not offer much comfort for those of us who have seen many sordid tales play out over the years of unregulated online poker. We only have to look back at the dubious Pure Poker website that popped up in the wake of the Lock Poker’s demise that promised to “repay” players through what essentially ended up being nothing more than a glorified deposit bonus.
Could that be the case here? I have no idea, but I do know that it pays to be skeptical when it comes to online poker – especially when mysterious groups appear out of nowhere claiming to have your best interest at heart. Maybe these people really do have good intentions, but I would recommend all former Full Flush players stay alert and keep all possibilities in mind.