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Old Apr 28, 2012, 6:34pm   #1
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Is pokerstars really going to buy full tilt?
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Old Apr 28, 2012, 8:14pm   #2
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It does seem somewhat possible. Stars would have probably quelled the rumor by now if there was no truth to it at all. But who really knows? For all we know the Stars owner just wanted to sabotage the GBT deal to keep his biggest competitor off the market. Believe it when you see it.
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Old Apr 28, 2012, 11:01pm   #3
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It's more a move to reopen access to the US market once poker is legalised; 750m covers tilt and its assets, all of stars fines and will reallow them access to US market - its a long term play if they do it, also it denies their competitors the FTP software and player email lists etc which would be huge for any site wanting to be the new #2

I think there's a decent amount of truth to the rumours from what I hear and the DOJ wouldnt have walked away from the tapie deal so easily without another alternative, we'll see though

We'll probably know within a few weeks nothing we can do but wait and see
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Old Apr 29, 2012, 1:24pm   #4
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also it denies their competitors the FTP software and player email lists etc which would be huge for any site wanting to be the new #2
Do you really think the ftp brand has that much value still for a competitor? I've been surprised all along that a group was willing to pay off FT's debts for what they would get. They're counting on a high fraction of previous customers staying.

Apparently if ps purchases them, they agree with the valuation, but it definitley surprises me.
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i think that full tilt is not worth as much as pokerstars is thinking about paying
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also it denies their competitors the FTP software and player email lists etc which would be huge for any site wanting to be the new #2
Do you really think the ftp brand has that much value still for a competitor? I've been surprised all along that a group was willing to pay off FT's debts for what they would get. They're counting on a high fraction of previous customers staying.

Apparently if ps purchases them, they agree with the valuation, but it definitley surprises me.
Perhaps it is mainly for the opportunity to get back into the US market in the future along with the rush poker trademark maybe? I'd guess the email list for players who don't also already have stars acounts would be small.

So yeah I think it is mainly the chance of future US earnings vs gamble that the US market is ever reopened to them.
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Perhaps it is mainly for the opportunity to get back into the US market in the future
i've obviously missed something here? granted i've not been paying attention to the news of late. what's the barrier to re-entry?

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stars already has rush.

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I'd guess the email list for players who don't also already have stars acounts would be small.

So yeah I think it is mainly the chance of future US earnings vs gamble that the US market is ever reopened to them.
i'm not really understanding why people are surprised that pokerstars is interested in buying full tilt. it's surely more common for purchased companies to be acquired by competitors than by outsiders?

the question is, does full tilt have value? are its assets and brand worth owning? if the answer is yes, then it has more value to pokerstars than to anyone else, since pokerstars already know what they are doing in this industry.

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