What’s strange, though, is that Full Flush Poker has reemerged in 2017 under a new company. Apparently, several small affiliate operators banded together and purchased the domain FullFlushPoker.com from an auction.
After buying Full Flush’s domain, the group was quick to put out a message (see bottom) explaining that they’re not affiliated with the former owners, nor do they have players’ $2 million in funds. The letter goes on to explain that players weren’t the only ones hurt with the site’s closure, given that affiliates, software vendors, and employees were also stiffed.
Another important point from the message is that the previous owners have likely fled Costa Rica, where they were operating the site from.
This incident hearkens back to the last several years, when sites like Lock Poker, Full Tilt Poker, and the Cereus Network (Absolute/UB Poker) failed to repay players when they went offline.
Nobody is completely sure on who owned the Equity Poker Network. But this post from PokerFraudAlert suggests that the owners are as follows: Clive Archer, Jorge Barahona, Victor Bigio, Ben Johansen, Hugues Marion, and Leon Vargas.
Below you can see the official letter from the new owners of FullFlushPoker.com:
FULL FLUSH POKER CLOSED
Full Flush Poker and the Equity Poker Network closed operations as of October 2016. Players with unrecoverable funds should continue reading below.
We are the new owners of the domain FullFlushPoker.com – purchased via auction. We are NOT associated with the prior owners. We do NOT have your money. We are NOT liable for the debts of the prior owners of this website. Please continue reading.
The Equity Poker Network has gone out of business. Full Flush Poker, the flagship skin owned and operated by the Equity Poker Network, has also gone out of business. The owners have ceased returning calls, instant messages and emails. Sources tell us that they have relocated from the countries in which they were operating, and a number of parties were financially injured as a result of this company closure. Player balances were left outstanding, software vendors were left unpaid, marketing affiliates were stiffed, and employees in the Costa Rican offices did not receive weeks worth of pay.
There is a supposedly pending lawsuit, though no evidence of this litigation has been publicly released, it very well may be a scam. Even if it is legitimate, we do not feel that the attorney, even if the litigation succeeds, will be able to recover any funds. Here is a good explanation as to why it would be likely to fail. Furthermore, the lawsuit and the people promoting it are unknown and unproven. Thus, we do not recommend players to provide personal information to these parties or to send any money upfront as they have requested. To be clear, we are not associated with, nor do we endorse, these parties.
A group of concerned affiliates and poker sites have come together in an attempt to help victims of the Equity Poker Network and Full Flush Poker business failure. Our goal is to provide a means by which players might recover their lost balances. While we finish working out the details of this program, we are asking players who suffered financial harm to contact us and provide information regarding the extent of their losses. Players need not provide any personally identifying information when submitting a claim.