NOTE: this is just a great mash up of the best sources out there on the topic.
Early this morning a thread appeared on the TwoPlusTwo forums: Big News: PokerStars Purchases FTP(?) – the reaction was not serious at first but if you move a few posts down you can see NoahSD (respected poker community leader and confidant (and personal friend)), adds that the thread should be left open and possibly taken serious.
The news then followed, like wildfire:
Via PokerUpdate: Pokerstars purchase Full Tilt Poker.
Via iGaming Post: Groupe Bernard Tapie fail in FTP purchase
Pokerstars buys FullTilt for a consideration of $750m, including settlement with DOJ and full balances of players (330m).I’m impressed.
— Alexandre Dreyfus (@alex_dreyfus) April 24, 2012
PokerStrategy again: GBT Attorney Behnam Dayanim Explains Situation to PokerStrategy.com
Via iGaming Business: PokerStars buys Full Tilt.
Via Bluff Magazine: Tapie Abandons Full Tilt Poker Acquisition; PokerStars Steps Up?
Via iGaming Post again: PokerStars/FTP Latest – Back in the US soon & players paid in 90 days!
Then finally on the PokerStars Corporate Blog – POKERSTARS’ STATEMENT REGARDING SETTLEMENT DISCUSSIONS
Lastly – The GBT Repayment Plan, Fact vs Fiction – via @Diamond_Flush
Its of no coincidence, in my opinion, that the rumor was launched as the Global Gaming Summit and Expo kicked off in San Francisco this morning.
So what do I suggest?
* PokerStrategy’s news on FTP has been fairly consistent, first to press, and accurate over the last year as a whole.
(PokerFuse has been solid in their reporting was well.)