Chris Ferguson apologizes (?) for Black Friday
In 2011, the US online poker world changed forever in what has become known as Black Friday, the sudden seizure of several popular poker sites. PokerStars, Ultimate Bet and Full Tilt Poker (FTP) all went down, and players lost millions of dollars. FTP, in particular, subsequently dealt with multiple fraud charges after it was revealed that the site didn’t keep player funds away from operating funds, and that it didn’t have the money to repay its customers. Now, site co-founders and poker pro Chris Ferguson has come out to issue a lame apology.
FTP was founded by Ferguson, Raymond Bitar, Howard Lederer and a few others. Lederer attempted to give some insight on the fiasco in 2012 when he was interviewed by PokerNews, but the talk didn’t go very well. Bitar was later sentenced to prison and the forfeiture of over $40 million in assets, and has been out of the limelight. Ferguson, who vanished for a couple of years, started playing poker again in 2016 and last year was actually selected as the Player of the Year. From 2016 to 2017 he racked up more than $660,000 in live tournaments.
Now, finally, after a long wait, Ferguson took to his Vimeo channel to offer what he calls an apology. The video, entitled ‘Chris Ferguson reaches out to the poker community,’ can be found here, but if you prefer to read what he said in the 42-second empty message, here it is:
“Hi, it’s Chris Ferguson.
“I’d like to take this brief opportunity to address the poker community which I love and have been part of for a long time. I deeply regret not being able to prevent Black Friday from happening. After Black Friday, I worked relentlessly to ensure that all players got paid back, and I sincerely apologize that it took as long as it did.
“I also realize it has taken me a long time to make any sort of public statement and I appreciate my fans and the poker community as a whole for the patience and support. One day, the Full Tilt Poker story will be told, and like many of you, I look forward to that day.
“I hope to see you all at the World Series of Poker this summer. Thank you and good luck.”
Kid Poker took to Twitter after suffering through the video, and his words summed it up better than anyone could. He said, “It took all this time for Chris Ferguson to come up with THIS apology? So heartfelt. Had me in tears.