Affiliate accounts have begun to receive funds from Full Tilt poker for the first time since Black Friday. The events of April 15 shook the online poker world to its core and it comes after a contentious week or so for the embattled firm. Last week saw Phil Ivey coming out against the firm’s failure to payout money to players. It now looks like they might be getting part of their act together.
eGaming Review was contacted by Riley G Matthews, a US-based affiliates. Matthews has worked with the company “since it first opened up for business years ago,” and is believed to have been contacted first at 08:02 on Friday .The email stated, “Your affiliate payment is now available in your affiliate account.”
Matthews later stated this is the first contact he has received from Full Tilt apart from the official releases given out by the firm. There’s still no word on when players’ funds and Mr Ivey’s dollars will be awarded.
Elsewhere, the UK’s Gambling Commission has seen calls to their confidential intelligence line almost double over the past six months. The Commission received 222 calls from December 2010 to May 2011. That was up from 120 for the previous six months. It was only the second six months that they’ve been up and running and shows that people are starting to become aware that the line actually exists.
The Commission’s Director of Regulation, Nick Tofiluk said:
“Calls to the confidential intelligence line are on the increase. Individuals now recognise that every call to the line is assessed and acted upon, so if you know or suspect that illicit gambling is taking place then help keep gambling safe by calling the Commission on 0121 230 6655.”
The line was set up last year to allow individuals to report anonymously on suspicious activity. Illegal gaming machines saw the most calls with other topics such as unlicensed betting also seeing a number of calls.