Black Friday refunds start this (White?) Friday, Nevada and Delaware sign partnership

Hinkle’s Happy

From one fateful Friday to another, it’s been over 1,000 days for the American poker players whose funds were confiscated on Full Tilt almost three years ago, but – for those who confirmed their accounts and provided complete and accurate banking information – the wait is finally over.

The Garden City Group, who are responsible for the reimbursement of the victims of Black Friday, announced officially that the first round of payments has been scheduled for February 28th – this coming Friday.

Although there were a whole host of relieved players taking to their social media accounts to rejoice at the news, one player in Blair Hinkle - who had over $1m in winnings frozen from his final table chop in the FTOPS XIX main event - was particularly elated:

“Almost exactly 3 years ago I chopped the FTOPS ME. Today I got an email confirming I will get that $$$! #clapfistpump #fulltiltrefund

Nevada and Delaware – the first two states to legalise online poker – signed a historic agreement earlier this week that allows internet gambling operators from both states to share player pools.

The agreement, which is the first of its kind in the US, will aim at expanding the marketplace for two small states which have struggled with player traffic and therefore, financial goals, since the industry’s launch.

“The agreement makes the online poker offering in both states more diverse, competitive and enjoyable”, said Delaware’s Governor Jack Markell.

While there’s been no news on whether New Jersey – which also failed to meet financial targets in its opening months – would be interested in a further deal, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval stated: “I’ve had conversations with New Jersey, we’d love to have them as a partner as well.”

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