Full Tilt Poker CEO Ray Bitar Surrenders to U.S. Authorities

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Embattled Full Tilt Poker CEO Ray Bitar is rumored to have surrendered to US authorities today. It is claimed in an email to his Dublin staffers he will surrender as part of the ongoing deal to sell the assets of FTP to Pokerstars.

To all Dublin Staff,

By now you probably have heard that I have returned to the US to deal with civil and criminal case that are pending against me in New York. We have all worked hard over the last 15 months to preserve Full Tilt’s assets and potential in order to provide for the repayment of all players, and that continues to be our top priority. It is as important as ever that we all do everything possible to make that happen and, hopefully our deal with Poker Stars will very soon make our goal a reality. My return to the US is part of this process.

I am particularly grateful to all of you here in Dublin for your hard work, patience and understanding during this difficult time. I believe that your hard work and dedication should not go unrecognized, and we have made arrangements for Poker Stars to guarantee all July salaries. You should therefore have no concern about coming to work during this period. After that, we expect that your employment contracts will be assumed by the buyer of the company’s assets.

For those that need to reach me, I expect to continue to be available by email and phone starting late Monday, New York time.

In the meantime, please refer any operational questions to **REDACTED**, and any HR questions to **REDACTED**.

Thank you all again.

Kind regards,

Raymond J Bitar

This could be a step in the right direction for players hopping to be reunited with their Full Tilt Poker bankrolls. This is a developing story, and is sure to have more details coming.