Ten years ago, the US Department of Justice blocked access to the UltimateBet and Absolute Poker sites. The bankrolls of thousands of players seemed to be frozen forever. But since 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Anti-Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Division has approved payments to Absolute Poker / Ultimate Bet players. Money comes, however, you have to be patient. We tell this poker story in the style of “Hachiko”.
Superusers and a very weak field – what were the rooms UltimateBet and Absolute Poker (2007 – 2011)
Back in September 2007, Absolute Poker hosted a $ 1K buy-in with a seven-figure guarantee. The victory was won by “POTRIPPER” – an incredibly powerful player. He is remembered for calling his opponent all-in on a board with a ten-high flush draw in the final heads-up. The video of the game “POTRIPPER” was uploaded to YouTube in 2007 and is still available for viewing.
But even with superusers, players managed to cash in without pain at UltimateBet and Absolute Poker.
And then on April 15, 2011, Black Friday arrived, and access to UltimateBet and Absolute Poker was blocked for what seemed like forever. And the players’ bankrolls were frozen forever.
2011 Retrospective: Black Friday, Full Tilt Poker Scandal, Record Sunday Million at PokerStars
Absolute Poker started paying money to players (2017)
Six years after the events of Black Friday, the poker community was pleasantly surprised by the news that the closed Absolute Poker has launched a process of paying out money to players. The company Garden City Group took over the compensation of funds. These guys were paying out funds to the players of the closed Full Tilt Poker.
This news was like snow on the head of the players, many of whom had already forgotten that there was such a room and that they had some money there. On the 2 + 2 forum, people shared funny stories about AP and UB payouts.
“I am from the third wave, I applied after the deadline. Received ACH for $ 8,500. My daughter is going to Delaware University and she is happy. Thanks to the player under the nickname “RAY (* _ *) RAY” on WPN. It was he in mid-October 2017 who asked me if I got my money back from UB. I replied that I had no idea what he was talking about at all. ”
How to get UltimateBet and Absolute Poker money back if petition deadlines are over
The entire refund process is handled at absolutepokerclaims.com, via email [email protected] or by calling (855) 907-3254.
To get your money back, you need to file a petition (Petition for Remission). To do this, you need to send an email. In the subject line, indicate “Petition for Remission UltimateBet / AbsolutePoker”, and in the letter write your personal data, nickname, estimated bankroll size, and at the same time attach documents (statements, checks) confirming the amount of frozen funds. The petition could be made online from April 10 to September 7, 2017.
Deadlines passed 4 years ago, but Garden City Group is working so slowly that it seems that UB and AP payments will continue for at least another six years. You can still submit a petition to this email address. But keep in mind that while they continue to consider appeals from the “fourth wave”. It is not known when the fifth wave will take place.
Should we wait for Absolute Poker and UltimateBet money back or is it better to forget?
They say they wait for the promised for three years, but for the fourth they forget. But not the AP and UB players, for many of whom getting their money back is a matter of principle.
The user “SirFeltsalot” in September 2019 wrote that he sent an appeal in September 2017, but so far has not received a response.
And “mjr161” wrote in August 2020 that he finally received a check for $ 44K without warning. The money returned after 9 years!
“Neaera” wrote in September 2020 that he received a check from a German bank in the mail for only $ 3K, and he filed a petition after the deadline in May 2018, but he had a screenshot of the game balance.
However, if you receive a check in the mail, it is not yet a fact that you will be able to cash it. Here is what the Belarusian “ilnine” wrote in June 2019:
“I received two checks from AP and UB a year ago, but I cannot cash them. I live in Belarus, traveled to Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia to cash them out. Sounds fun, but I still don’t have my money. I was sending the data to Pauoneer, they ask me to wait, however, it is not known how long. ”
In short, AP and UB refunds are ongoing. If you had an account there with money hanging, it makes sense to write to [email protected] It makes no sense to expect a refund here and now, but what if you’re lucky?
How much money do you have on your UltimateBet and Absolute Poker accounts? And did you manage to get compensation? Write in the comments and join the discussion in chat.