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TO: ABSOLUTE POKER PLAYERS WHO WERE VICTIMS OF ABSOLUTE POKER’S FAILURE TO RETURN FUNDS
PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE NOTICE. IT IS TIME-SENSITIVE AND MAY AFFECT YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS. IF YOU SATISFY THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA DESCRIBED BELOW, YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO PAYMENT. YOU CAN ALSO VISIT WWW.ABSOLUTEPOKERCLAIMS.COM FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION.
I. Purpose of this Notice
The purpose of this Notice is to inform you that you may be entitled to receive a distribution from assets forfeited by PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker (the “Fund”), which resulted from 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 must complete the online Petition filing process in accordance with the steps in this Notice in order to be potentially eligible to share in the distribution from the Fund.
This Notice is being sent to all potentially eligible victims of the fraud who have been identified by Garden City Group, LLC (“GCG”), the Claims Administrator retained by the United States, utilizing data supplied by Absolute Poker. As explained in greater detail below, Petitions for Remission must be completed online through the administration website at www.AbsolutePokerClaims.com.
THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT A PETITION FOR REMISSION IS JUNE 9, 2017. IF YOU FAIL TO SUBMIT A TIMELY AND COMPLETE PETITION FOR REMISSION, YOU WILL BE BARRED FROM RECEIVING A PAYMENT FROM THE FUND. WHEN FILING ONLINE, YOU MUST USE THE NUMBERS BELOW IN ORDER TO BEGIN THE PETITION PROCESS:
Petition Number: 3440766
Control Number: 0927015195
As authorized by the Department of Justice’s Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section ("AFMLS") and the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, this “petition for remission” process will operate in a manner similar to the Full Tilt Poker remission process (www.fulltiltpokerclaims.com) and seeks to compensate victims of Absolute Poker’s failure to return victim funds held by Absolute Poker. GCG was previously retained by the United States to serve as the Claims Administrator for the Full Tilt Poker Claims Administration and will now serve as administrator for the Absolute Poker Claims Administration.
The Absolute Poker Claims Administration will operate a claims process for clients of Absolute Poker who, like clients of Full Tilt Poker, were unable to withdraw funds that they had transferred to Absolute Poker.
III. Eligibility Criteria
To qualify for a payment from the Fund, you must satisfy the following eligibility criteria:
You must have deposited funds into an account with Absolute Poker.
Your account with Absolute Poker must reflect a last known account balance of greater than $0.00.
You are excluded from participation in the remission process if you are:
A past or present employee of Absolute Poker or any of its past or present Affiliates;
A past or present shareholder of Absolute Poker, Ultimate Bet, Absolute Entertainment, S.A., Blanca Games, Inc., Hoop & Javelin Holdings Limited, Lacrosse Holdings Limited, Hoop Payment Solution Services Ltd., or Morning Bliss Overseas Ltd.;
A past or present officer or director of Absolute Poker, Ultimate Bet, Absolute Entertainment, S.A., Blanca Games, Inc., Hoop & Javelin Holdings Limited, Lacrosse Holdings Limited, Hoop Payment Solution Services Ltd., or Morning Bliss Overseas Ltd., or any of their past or present Affiliates;
A defendant in any civil action or a claimant in any forfeiture action brought by the Department of Justice related to the violations alleged in this action, or any related action (or any of his or her Affiliates, assigns, heirs, distributees, spouses, parents, children, or controlled entities); or
A person who, as of the Bar Date, has been the subject of criminal charges related to the violations alleged in this action, or any related action (or any of his or her Affiliates, assigns, heirs, distributees, spouses, parents, children, or controlled entities).
A person who was flagged by Absolute Poker as having engaged in improper conduct.
Please be advised that receipt of this Notice does not indicate that you have been determined to be eligible to participate in the Petition for Remission process; if AFMLS determines at any time, before or after you submit a Petition, that you are not eligible for remission, your Petition will be denied.
IV. The Distribution Formula
The calculation formula to be used for the Petition for Remission process is based on players' last known account balance with Absolute Poker (the "Account Balance"). You may view your Account Balance through the online filing process at www.AbsolutePokerClaims.com. Once you log on using the Petition Number and Control Number set forth above, you can confirm the Account Balance listed or dispute the Account Balance and upload supporting documentation to substantiate your dispute.
If the forfeited funds available for distribution (the "Fund") equal or exceed the aggregate Account Balances for all eligible Petitioners, each eligible Petitioner with an approved petition will receive the entirety of his or her Account Balance or approved loss amount. If the aggregate Account Balances for all eligible Petitioners exceeds the Fund, payments will be made to eligible Petitioners on a pro rata basis.
Prior to the payment of funds to a Petitioner, GCG will provide the Petitioner’s Social Security or other Taxpayer Identification Number to the Government, in order to offset and collect any qualifying debts currently listed in the Treasury Offset Program Database.
V. Online Filing Deadline
ALL PETITIONS FOR REMISSION MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE THROUGH THE CASE WEBSITE AT WWW.ABSOLUTEPOKERCLAIMS.COM BY JUNE 9, 2017.
VI. Petition Determinations
GCG will email to each Petitioner a determination concerning his or her Petition. If a Petition is denied in whole or in part, GCG will state the reason for such denial and the Petitioner can appeal the ruling through the reconsideration process.
PLEASE BE SURE TO NOTIFY THE CLAIMS ADMINISTRATOR OF ANY CHANGES TO YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. YOU MAY CONTACT THE CLAIMS ADMINISTRATOR AT INFO@ABSOLUTEPOKERCLAIMS.COM OR CALL TOLL-FREE AT (855) 907-3254.
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