Groupe Bernard Tapie Not Out of Poker Game
Groupe Bernard Tapie, the investors that failed to finalize a deal to purchase Full Tilt Poker last week, have announced that they are considering creating a new online poker site using the money that they would have invested in Full Tilt.
According to a leaked email from Groupe Bernard Tapie, the new site would, as part of its launch promotion, offer to refund Full Tilt Poker players that are still waiting for repayment. Some pokre analysts believe that the “leak” was actually a clever marketing stunt to build interest in Groupe Bernard Tapie’s new site.
Some analysts have expressed surprise at the failure of not just GBT, but any of the major online poker companies, to acquire Full Tilt. The database of US players that Full Tilt has built up would be a valuable marketing tool for any company that acquired it, especially given the possibility of online poker being legalized on a federal level at some point in the next few years. Even the movement towards more states allowing state-regulated online poker is positive news for the industry, so it would make sense for international poker companies to start working towards developing a strong foothold in the United States.