If you’re unemployed listen up because a position that will make you US poker players’ number one fan is up for tender. That’s right, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking a Claims Administrator to handle the Full Tilt Poker account. The vacancy was posted on the governmental body’s site this week and the person will be responsible for paying back the “approximately 1.3 million potential U.S. victims” that lost money after the site disappeared in the midst of Black Friday.
Money for the victims comes from a pool of forfeited funds worth an estimated $159 million and it’s available as soon as possible. Well by as soon as possible we mean whenever they decide to allocate this position to someone and with the deadline for applications set at August 31…don’t start planning how to spend your respective windfalls just yet.
As for the role itself, the job description states they “will design and execute a process to solicit, receive and evaluate claims, and to process payments, for losses incurred by U.S. victims that are attributable to the fraud alleged in the above complaint”. All applicants must identify prior contact that they or their relatives have had with Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars, Absolute Poker or any other gambling firm that might affect the applicant’s independence.
The payment process follows a deal that was struck between the DOJ and PokerStars earlier this month in which the latter acquired Full Tilt Poker with the promise they’d pay back all players. What the latest news does mean is that US players are unlikely to see funds for some weeks. Given the length of time they’ve had to wait already we can imagine they’re just happy to get something more than a dime into their virtual wallet.