Absolute Poker Claims Approval E-mails Sent Out to Players
E-mails have begun going out today to former Absolute Poker (AP) and UltimateBet (UB) players to inform them that their Petitions for Remission (read: refund request) have been approved. Those who received the e-mails can go to AbsolutePokerClaims.com, the site run by the United States Department of Justice-appointed claims administrator, Garden City Group, to submit their banking information in order to receive their funds electronically.
It came as a bit of a surprise back in April when it was announced that a remissions process would be setup to try to make whole the players who were left holding the bag when the Cereus Network (AP and UB) disappeared after Black Friday. Save maybe one or two hopeless optimists, everybody assumed their money was gone. But in a statement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, it appeared that the money being used for these refunds was coming from what was left over after the lengthy Full Tilt Poker remissions process.
E-mails went out to players in April to allow them to submit their claims and that has been it as far as direct customer communication until now. The process was altered from how it went with Full Tilt in that upon the initial claims submission, former AP and UB customers did not submit banking information, instead having to wait until now – the approval notice – to do so. It probably wasn’t the worst idea to separate that step, since why have the GCG/DoJ have access to that info for more people than it needs to, but at the same time, there are likely going to be former AP and UB players who had their cases approved that will have forgotten about it and never see the approval e-mail.
As I wrote about back then, the claims submissions process was quite simple. I never received the original e-mail because my poker e-mail account was dormant, but I still knew my AP and UB login information, so I was able to get it done that way. It was just a matter of filling out some basic online forms before the waiting game started.
The original deadline for former AP and UB customers to file and application for remission was June 9th, but at that deadline, the GCG pushed the date back to September 7th, so people still have a chance to claim their missing funds.
I have copied the complete e-mail I received today from the Garden City Group below, omitting key details specific to my claim. The subject line of the e-mail – so you can be on the lookout – is “Absolute Poker Claims Administration Notice Regarding Payment.”
The purpose of this email is to inform you that your Petition for Remission has been approved and you are entitled to receive a distribution from the assets forfeited by PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker (the “Fund”), in connection with the settlement agreement resolving allegations in the amended civil forfeiture complaint in United States v. PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, Absolute Poker, et al., 11 Civ. 2564 (LBS), in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (the “Action”).
You will be receiving the distribution in the form of a domestic ACH payment. To enter your banking information and authorize GCG to electronically credit your account, please visit the administration website at www.AbsolutePokerClaims.com and click on the “Update Bank Information” tab located on the sidebar of the website. Log-in using the below Petition Number and Control Number, please enter all required banking information for the account you would like to receive the electronic ACH payment. When logging in, please use your last name as verification.
Petition Number: xxxxxxx
Control Number: xxxxxxxxxx
By properly submitting your banking information, you will receive an ACH payment in the amount of $14.96 to the account number specified. This payment represents the full amount of your Absolute Poker / Ultimate Bet account balance which you confirmed on the Absolute Poker Claims Administration’s website. Payment will be issued within four to six weeks of submitting your information, so please submit your information as soon as possible.
If you have any questions, you can call us toll-free at (855) 907-3254, email us at [email protected], or write to us at Absolute Poker Claims Administration, c/o GCG, P.O. Box 10277, Dublin, Ohio 43017-5777. For additional information you may also visit the administration website at www.AbsolutePokerClaims.com.
As you can see, I was quite the baller on Absolute Poker. If you don’t believe me, what if I told you I had already withdrawn a ton of money and left fifteen bucks there for fun? What if I told you that? The amount in my UB e-mail is magnitudes larger, believe you me.