American poker players used to have a few popular sites, Full Tilt Poker being one of them, that they could actually play their favorite game on for real money. The U.S. Government, however, took down the sites and froze the money that every player had within the systems.
The ordeal ended for foreign players on Full Tilt Poker back in November 2012 when they were allowed to withdraw their funds, but American players are still waiting.
The current owner of Full Tilt Poker, the Garden City Group (GCG), has given American players a sign of hope by releasing statements saying that a claims process will open on September 16, 2013 for everyone else who has funds on the site to claim their money. Sadly, this isn’t necessarily an end to the fiasco.
It turns out that there may not actually be enough funds to fully reimburse all players, and if this is the case, GCG promises to refund money proportionally. Even so, players who file during the 60 day window in which they can submit claims will likely still be waiting a while for all claims to be processed.