"Full Tilt Are 'Wicked' and There Is No Way We Could Have Known" - AGCC Director

AGCC executive director Andre Wilsenach has spoke out on their decision to revoke Full Tilt's license yesterday. He has suggested there was no way they could have prevented what has happened to the site and branded the site 'wicked'.

The executive director of the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC) has branded Full Tilt Poker 'wicked' and said they were right to revoke their license yesterday. Andre Wilsenach spoke exclusively to James Bennett of EGaming Review in an interview today.

Wilsenach refused to accept any responsibility for the AGCC being unable to spot the $331 million, that was seized by the Department of Justice between 2007 and 2011, sooner. He put the blame firmly on Full Tilt Poker when he was questioned about it:

“Are you suggesting that we are wicked? I blame it absolutely on Full Tilt. In my view it’s absolutely right that the commission has decided to revoke their licences."

He went on to say that the only person who could have made them aware of the frozen funds were Full Tilt themselves, claiming that "If your operator doesn’t tell then there’s no way you would know.”

Wilsenach also commented that the regulator first had concerns last year, but it was not until “March or April” 2011 that the AGCC “started investigating” Full Tilt themselves with an external accountant and forensic auditors.

The AGCC were not in contact with the DOJ at any time during their investigation, but Wilsenach did not blame them for not sharing information with them. He did comment that he believed the DOJ should speak with regulators when they are conducting investigations.

Wilsenach concluded the interview by suggesting that this was not an isolated incident, and suggested could have happened at the other former US facing poker rooms:

“Do you think for a minute that the other operators, Pokerstars and Absolute, do you think that their regulators knew that the DoJ was freezing their funds? Don’t for a minute think that in April Black Friday was the first time they froze funds. What in actual fact happened, over a period of time, is they were freezing funds in payment processors accounts and every time the fund was frozen the operator moved to another payment processor, funds are frozen and they moved again. Eventually it leaves a trail of payment processors with frozen funds in."


Related news:

AGCC Revokes the License of Full Tilt Poker
AGCC Determination Notice: DOJ Seized $331 Million, Full Tilt Insolvent
Exclusive: Full Tilt Poker Press Release - 29/09
Opinion: AGCC, you failed

Comments (13)

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  • #1

    Andre, yes, you were wicked. It was your DUTY to know what was going on. You failed in that duty. Furthermore, you had to have known that the only way that poker rooms could deal with US players was to "circumvent the rules". In other words, "break the law". As stupid as the law may be, breaking it has consequences.
    Personally, I believe the AGCC knew full well what was going on right from the start.
  • #2

    It might suck for the players and FTP but AGCC made the right choice imo.
  • #3

    So seize the PEOPLE responsible for that, give them some jail time, and let someone buy the site with the best software in the world, and repay the players.So what now AGCC/DOJ failed in detecting something is amiss with FT, FT management were corrupted from the beginning, but who takes the bad consequences - the normal players of course. Nice job - you can sleep well now.
  • #4

    ^ this
  • #5

    So what u want to say Andre is that AGCC is a regulating body that cant/wont/doesnt regulate, you only give licenses and after that you dont care what happens, then why do you call yourself regulators?
  • #6

    gaming control that controls nothing. nice one.
  • #7

    "Assessing the fairness, security and auditability (!!) of the gambling systems used in making gambling available;"
    http://www.gamblingcontrol.org/players.php

    quote from there site. mmm... auditability? How exactly?..
  • #8

    "The Commission regulates the eGambling industry, to ensure that it is conducted honestly and fairly, remains free from criminal influence and that it does not cause harm to the public at large, individual persons and families."

    Also from there, FTP was certainly free from crimina influence.
  • #9

    Andre, i want to see u raped
  • #10

    A regulator must audit - pure and simple. If you don't audit and just take the company's word for it, then what is your function? Why doesn't the public/customer just listen/trust the company directly.

    Had the AGCC been auditing, this could have been caught early enough for Full Tilt to address their mistakes early on - to the real and long-term benefit of the company and players.
  • #11

    “Are you suggesting that we are wicked?"

    Whole statement sounds like BS to me... His comments are very defensive. It doesn't matter if they're wiked or not, what matters is whether or not they did whats expected of them.
  • #12

    #11, absolutely. The Executive Director says: 'Don’t for a minute think that in April Black Friday was the first time they froze funds. What in actual fact happened, over a period of time, is they were freezing funds in payment processors accounts and every time the fund was frozen the operator moved to another payment processor, funds are frozen and they moved again." If he is so certain what was going on, then why weren't they asking questions of FT much sooner? No one is saying that AGCC is guilty of fraud or theft here, or even that they were not justified in revoking the licence when they did, but not even considering the possibility that they could have done more seems pretty lame to me.
  • #13

    now all people can see how they were MONITORING WELL,LMAO,they were only concern about gettin payed themselves,and for doing nothing,not even what is their duty,i belive they should also be endighted,as they were part of process for preventing this to happens,when they failed,they must also take some responability,not just say FTP is WICKED??IMO,some jail time&fun for you all there,too...