Full Tilt Poker and Groupe Bernard Tapie Sign Acquisition Agreement

Full Tilt Poker comment in their latest press release on the happenings surrounding the company.

PokerStrategy.com received the following exclusive press release:

"Full Tilt Poker and Groupe Bernard Tapie Sign Acquisition Agreement

Dublin, Ireland (September 30, 2011) Laurent Tapie, Managing Director of ‘Groupe Bernard Tapie’ announced today that the group has signed an exclusive agreement with the Board of Directors of Full Tilt Poker to acquire the company and all of its associated assets.

This agreement, which includes the repayment of Full Tilt Poker’s world-wide players in full, is subject to several conditions; the first of which is a favorable resolution with the United States Department of Justice. Discussions with the United States Department of Justice will begin immediately.

‘Groupe Bernard Tapie’ has over 30 years of experience in the salvation of financially distressed businesses, with over 40 companies acquired and managed to profitability, the most well-known being the sport equipment giant, Adidas."

Related news:

Interview with Laurent Tapie on iGamingFrance.com
AGCC Revokes the License of Full Tilt Poker
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Exclusive: Full Tilt Poker Press Release - 29/09
Opinion: AGCC, you failed

Comments (130)

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  • nuno21nt


  • Diabl666


    go nanard :)
  • Dan7777


    oh my....GOGOGOGOGOGOGOO!the roller coaster ride is just brutal...
  • Julien


    French for the win :) Bravo !
  • wunderfab


    please let it be true
  • Gabinr1


  • Krach-Bumm-Ente


    me gusta
  • fishlock


    the merry go round starts again
  • ruuuic


  • ruuuic


    j'adore france
  • Petiu


  • Heave112


  • blackaces82


    "several conditions" ... meh
  • djknockout


    yooo, one time!
  • beastFromPrague


    who is in the Board of Directors of Full Tilt Poker?


    I am only wearing Adidas from now on!
  • w34z3l


    I'd use my one-time but this would be the 15th time.
  • boboistina


    hell yeah, go frenchies!
  • FishermansFriend


    le nice
  • nttrung143


  • txsio


    wooot wooot!!!!!!!!
  • AaronLambert


    wow... everyday we get new FTP news
  • Gabinr1


    This is out of this world, crazy. So FTP is seized by the FBI and black friday happens, everyone panics, it goes online again, everybody is safe... then it goes down because it's license is suspended. In one month everything will be ok... no it's not, it's still suspended, but investors have shown interest. Initial investors are not interested anymore, no more hope... but wait some french group is now interested... hope. The lincese is revoked, everybody says "RIP FTP" and says goodbye to their bankrolls. Then a statement is made where it's said that the french investors are going trough with the deal :D what's next? I actually like the rollercoaster, love it. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.
  • sufix645


    Ok its time for my ONE TIME too :)
    so.. ONE TIME cmon!
  • kirezafirov


    Fulltilt probably is coming back on a big door. Great news.
  • sufix645


    +1 #23 :D


    @Gabinr1 Don't be such a Debbie Downer!
  • acerbikas


    Vive la France!
  • BoyRobot777


  • eteris


    adidas in FTP store from now on? nice...
  • Nocco88


    C'est magnifique!!!
  • Vinny80


    vive la france !
  • boboistina


    mr.Tapie please get a license from a regulator not named AGCC!
  • Diabl666


    don't be so happy, wait the doj's decision now !


    I just hope to get our money back.
  • pleno1


  • arker


    Allez nanarrrrr
  • conquistadorrr


    It would be much cheaper for the new investors to buy what's worth of Full Tilt (patents, software) after the company declares bankruptcy and just start from scratch. But if they actually go for this - repaying the players in full - I think that would be a big thing in terms of trust and credibility. If they really do that - I'd play on FTP again. Which might be a stupid thing to say, because if they don't - then no one will play. :)
  • MathhNes


    ONE TIME! Used mine now also
  • kukkiwonBG


    Years of me being an Adidas fan are now repaid imo :)
  • IngridN


    no words/.. :)
  • EmanuelC16


    Jizz in my pants!!
  • Kojika


    ONE TIME !
  • Gerovit


    Go Olimpique de Marseille....
    He managed to get Marseille league of champions bringing fulltilt back will be easy one
  • Cpwpoker


    Think for the tapis group it a challenge to make bankrupt company to profitable company.

    After making Full tilt back on rail and kicking ass they will point tell pokerstar "Ha ! In your face your bad beat was fated when the Bernard Tapis group said Tapis !!!"

    Tapis = All in XD
  • amplifyd


    hold now plz
  • boboistina


    DOJ for the love of GOD dont mess this up, PLEASE!!
  • ExternalUseOnly


    pleeeeeeeease hold my little heart cant take much more


  • bolachasp


    @48: me too! Think that my money will go to my wife cause I will have a heart attack really soon!
  • Korn


    Fingers crossed everybody!
  • Rothko


  • Rothko


    + posted after Korn
  • kadri7


    1 timeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • w4terman


  • BOBOsvk


    bernard a casse
  • w4terman


    #51 nice one! :D
  • JuiceQuadre


    So.. we are very very deep, and after sick preflop action, motherfucking crazy flop action and insane turn action we find ourselves all in with only river to come.. hold?
  • bjela


    Finally the French are good for something :)))
  • malcomix



    Groupe Bernard Tapie bought Adidas from Dassler sisters in july 1990 for 1.6 billon francs (now €243.918 million), made huge changes in the compagny (changed the flower logo to the actual triband, relocations....) and sold it in feb 1993 for 4.458 billon francs (€683.514 million).

    He's no longer Adidas owner, but this story is the best accomplishment of Groupe Bernard Tapie.

    Hope he does the same with FTP...
  • topolman


    What doest the "DOJ" stands for? I can't find it anywhere...
  • skyvol


    deparment of Justice
  • noisecore


    Department of justice
  • badgerer


    lol at #63 first hit on google
  • stinkie24


    Yeah Buddy hell yeah lets bring tilt back online a.s.a.p!!! we have been waiting 4 months all the other sites suck!! FTP yes we will
  • soulboy65


    Bernard Bloody Tapie, is this the same man who was owner of french football team Marseille who were several years later found guilty of bribing a referee to win the champions league
  • FlorinCatana


    This is his son, but it looks as they can 'manage' things nicely...;)
  • hansolobp


    I guess a major point in the discussion with the DOJ will be the (non)payment of penalty fees as the money sized by the DOJ is enough to pay players back world wide, not only in the US. Anybody got any any news on this front?
  • soulboy65


    well I won't be back at full tilt if they can do it once they can do it again
  • malcomix


    shhhhhhh ya idiot
    We take back our BR first, you cashout if you want, then we ll see what happens...

    Nothing was said in post 68
    Bernard Tapie is a great guy ladies and gentlemen (applauses plse)
  • reyjohnny11


    Wow, thats a good news. Gotta visit France next holiday!
  • hansolobp


    What are the several conditions which have to be met for a sucessfull sale? Didn´t find anything on google...
  • hellsbells2008


    about time ,nice 1 tapie ,i will be playing ftp np
  • soulboy65


    If players do get their money back 1st thing I'd do is take it out and deposit in another site.
  • JonikoP


    Meh, the "conditions" will be significant and aren't likely to be resolved in the short term. Favourable resolution with the DOJ probably means the DOJ handing over funds to repay players and a reinstated license.

    Step in the right direction but I think we have a few more months (if not years) before seeing a penny...
  • EagleStar88


    Quote #46 amplifyd: hold now plz

    +1. Been a rough flop & turn, let's hope the river holds :)
  • dochazard


    #68 ^^

    Successful company owned by someone who was jailed for cheating for his prized team so they can win.

    Yup, FTP is in better hands, we hope.
  • fishlock


    AGCC reaction to the news http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr-Iw...eature=related
  • soulboy65


    tapie can kiss my arse he denied my team the chance to play in the champions league final coz of bribery i'll never forgive him for that
  • hellsbells2008


    tapie all is for given ,plus its is dad whofix in it
  • lood1


    die $2,68 sind sicher, fick ja
  • soulboy65


    never heard of the saying like father like son and whats the group name trying to buy it oh yeah Bernard tapie group
  • Mandator


    Welcome to the Full Tilt Roller Coaster!!!!
  • DessiP


    May this be the beginning of a new Friday.
  • Gabinr1


    White Friday
  • menace4ever


    white friday lol
    @16 funny:)
  • nathanrenard


    France fuck yeah?
  • Wacko118


    i remove all previous comments involving cheese eating surrender monkeys.
  • PokerAddict36


    Hold, Hold, please HOLD
  • boboistina


    from #86 link
    "he expets to open the site by january 2012", the long wait will kill me.
  • Shevtshenko


    i don't get it. Does this actually mean anything more than FTP announcing: "we're negotiating with potential investor"? Sure this Groupe Bernard Tapie is well known for and can't be bad news but the company isn't rly committed to do anything yet, just as no other possible investors before were.
  • Avatars91


    Im listening to #51 song and I am honestly crying tears of joy.
  • ppedrin


    One time!!!!
  • VorpalF2F


    Paying back US Players will be extremely problematic, since those whose so-called deposits were accepted by FTP but never completed by a payment processor should not be included -- since they never actually paid out any money.
    But I'm happy. I'm infinitely closer to my FT Bankroll than I was this morning, but still oh so far away.
  • boboistina


    #96 the difference here is that they signed something, acquisition agreement that is, nobody signed anything with FTP before, they were just rumours
  • matel17


    omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg omg
  • Dublimax


    Bernard Tapie isn't the cleanest guy. He's done many dodgy stuff in the past.
    But GL anyway
  • Ka0ss


    All we have to do now is fade the river
  • SilverFace


    holy crap on a cracker !
  • Irish78


    "favorable resolution with the United States Department of Justice"

    yeah keep dreaming...
  • Tim64


    Y, existence of a signed agreement is by far the most positive thing we've heard in months. Jan 2012 is a long time to wait, by which time inflation will have turned my BR into around 20 cents... but w/e, good news is good news.
  • Pe6o0o


    If FT opens again im never leaving !!! This will be the most secure site for at least another 3-5 years !
  • Fubu27


    "Level up! Your respect for the French has gone up 10 points!"

    is how I feel right now.

    Excuse me now, I gotta go out and buy some Adidas.
  • Anger86


    +1 #23 Had a good laugh :)
  • stinkie24


    2012 i dont care to bad the doj is such a litle bitch!! i hope ftp reopens sooner ime dying to play!! lets do this!
  • Blade90


    Come onnnnnnnn ONE FING TIME :)
  • ipo44


    je vais à tapis!!!
  • vladimir980


    nice one ... respect ;)
  • Tudazul


    great step :)
  • ProlinePoker


    #44: don't forget that after winning the CL, Marseille was relegated to divison 2 due to active corruption so all those titles won by Marseille weren't probably won in the pitch only...

    I'm don't trust this Tapie group, they just represents another mob, probably a more powerful mob, but a mob nevertheless, who will use our money to laundry even more money, make dubious investments, and so on. That is, they'll do whatever Lederer did, with the exception of being more "professional" on behind-the-scene business than the amateurs surrounding Lederer.

    I just can't believe why people are just focused on having FTP back (either because they miss Rush poker, are poker addicts or whatever reason) and keep having their eyes wide shut at the big issues that Black Friday should have rinsed in every poker player mind...
  • Schrader69


    instant boner
  • fishlock


    50 years old and I haven't used my one time yet, so here goes. ONE TIME
  • MrS212i


  • eteris


    "I just can't believe why people are just focused on having FTP back" - um... let me think, BECAUSE THEY HAVE MONEY THERE?
  • gunni80


    time to run good
  • cpers


    always love the french than the american:}
  • Titicamara


    Good news
  • JBCD71


    If this means the players getting their money back,i am all for it.Thats all that matters for me here.I couldnt care less about Fulltilt anymore.I will never play there again even thou i didnt lose any money there...well i did in the past...this is not a first by any means.Fulltilts credibilty for me is out the window wether it was management or not...the name brand has been tarnished.And also the poker industry online as a whole has taken a huge hit.I at least hope somethin will happen to those higher up..but most likely not now that they got all the players money to hire the best lawyers of the land to get off.Lets hope there is a happy ending to all this and all players gets whats theirs.JBCD71 AKA Johnyy ACES Cabral
  • RenatoPK


    ill have my 70 bucks weeee
  • philhellmutt


    Bernard Tapie and Full Tilt Poker... two names that define integrity and honesty in business dealings.
  • doncarlucci


    Italians players VOTE for FRANCE !!!
    viv la France! viv FTP!!
    the best poker software have to come back!!
  • VicoII


    trying again...
  • MojaDunja


    hu hu hu :)
  • DrDunne


    give it to me baby
  • Heffron89


    To Pokerstrategy, where have u got this from? in the Interview with Bernard Tapie, he denies that Laurent have made any statements like this.
  • T3rMiT3


    Hahahahahah... Another bullshit.... Aren't you tired of all this lies?! ... Half a year of stupid news regarding FTP recovery. Your money is gone. Get used to it. No need to get excited by any so called good news about FTP... What's next?! In january you will say that FTP will be back on june and so on... Bla bla bla, bullshit.
  • Sowieso23


    @ #115 signed !!!
  • ariord63


    hu hu hu