There is still no news regarding the rumored sale of Full Tilt Poker to Groupe Bernard Tapie (GBT). But there are new indications that the deal could be close to completion.
Multiple job listings were posted on jobs.ie, an Irish employment website earlier today. Ireland is the corporate headquarters of Pocket Kings Ltd., the marketing and customer service arm of Full Tilt Poker. The job descriptions are for experienced, multilingual customer service reps. The ad states, “With an attractive salary, these 2-3 month contract roles may become permanent and offer an exciting opportunity to join a vibrant and energetic company.” It continues, “Working in a fast-paced, collaborative environment, this area of the business provides potential for rapid growth within our company, which is the support arm for Full Tilt Poker.” Each of the job listings stress the urgent need to fill the positions.
These job listings were posted on the same day as news that a subsidiary company of Full Tilt Poker has applied for a gaming license with the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC). The company, Orinic Limited, was the only subsidiary of Full Tilt to escape having its license revoked last September. They are applying for a full category 2 license which would permit them to offer full online gaming services. Previously, the company held just a category 1 license which did not permit the handling of gambling funds.
It’s hard to say with complete certainty that these two news items indicate the deal between Full Tilt and GBT is imminent, but it certainly does appear to be a good sign following weeks of limited information. It would be surprising, however, if the AGCC granted the subsidiary company a full category 2 license without first ascertaining that the parent company has switched hands into new management. Therefore, one can’t help but question why the powers that be behind this deal did not opt to wait to submit a licensing request to AGCC under the new company’s brand after the deal is completed. Presently, it seems as though they are trying to backdoor a licensing upgrade through an existing subsidiary that likely would have had its license revoked had that license permitted them to offer full gaming services in the first place. It seems doubtful that this effort will be successful. But then again, this is all mere speculation on a topic that the poker world could not be receiving more limited information about.