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  • Rafe Furst Sends Open Letter About Allegations

    Friday, September 23rd, 2011 by Ryan

While Full Tilt Poker and everyone who is affiliated with it continues to push through the current in-court issues going on, as well as the incredible amount of people who are infuriated by them; one of the biggest names involved in this situation has decided to send an open letter to the public. While most would assume that this letter is directed mainly towards players who also played on Full Tilt Poker, as well as friends and family who are close to Furst; it seems that it is more to voice his opinion on the fact that people should not jump to opinions right away about this topic.

Furst is a Full Tilt Poker pro as well as a board of director for the massive online poker site, which is now being called a Ponzi scheme. To make a long story short, Furst, along with other pros Howard Lederer and Chris Ferguson are being accused of taking an incredible amount of money that was deposited by players, and keeping it as their own. While Lederer, Ferguson, and Furst are the biggest names out there; Full Tilt owner Ray Bitar and all the other co-owners of the site, are also being named in these incredible allegations. This would essentially mean that the money that players were depositing was going directly into the owners’ pockets.

While Furst was named as a defendant in the Amended Civil Complaint, he decided to post an open letter to the public about these allegations that are against not only him, but Full Tilt Poker as well. Overall, Furst was not able to say much about the case, and said that he can’t comment on the pending litigation, due to the seriousness of this situation. The idea behind his letter mainly was to tell people that they should not believe everything that has been posted out about this, and that he’s struggling to deal with all of the shots that are being taken at him on the social networks; especially when he can’t defend himself. Furst also stated that “from a moral, personal and interpersonal perspective, I feel like I’ve got nothing to hide.” He went on to thank all of the people who have supported him and remained close throughout all of this, and point out that “our society is built on a presumption of innocence until proven otherwise.”

Most people did not need to see Fursts’ letter to realize that there are quite a few upset players from Full Tilt Poker out there. People feel that they were scammed, and their money was stolen from them. Most players feel that Furst, Lederer, Ferguson, Bitar, and everyone else who was involved in this situation should find a way to pay back all of the money which is owed nationwide to players from the online poker site. It will be interesting to see how this plays out over time, as we will all have to see what is said in the court of law to find out the true story behind Full Tilt Poker, and what will come of everyone who was involved in this incredible situation.

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