Seven years ago, the Black Friday shocked the poker world, dragging the three major sites at the time (PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker and Ultimate Bet) to justice. Subsequently, Full Tilt Poker was deprived of the Alderney license and a wasp nest full of fraud and questionable business practices was uncovered. As it turned out, Full Tilt Poker did not separate players and operational funds from each other and was therefore unable to pay out the player’s balance.
In September 2012, Howard Lederer gave an interview to PokerNews, published as “The Leatherer Files,” in which he shared his view of things. He then gave the 2 + 2 podcast another interview. The reaction to Lederer’s comments was far from positive.
Although most of the poker community disapproved of Lederer’s explanations, the poker world was even more annoyed that Chris Ferguson was silent. The professional poker player known as “Jesus” belonged to the management floor of Full Tilt Poker and was taciturn throughout the story.
The players registered with Full Tilt Poker were eventually rewarded after PokerStars bought Full Tilt Poker.
Ferguson and Lederer did not go public in the following years, but in 2016 both decided to return to the limelight. At the World Series of Poker 2016 Ferguson and Lederer were seen at several events. Ferguson said he was only here to play poker whenever journalists and players wanted to jam him with unpleasant questions. Daniel Negreanu spoke up on Twitter and said that Ferguson replied to the question of when he wanted to apologize: “What are you talking about?”
During the WSOP 2016, Ferguson received a total of $ 253,519 in prize money, including a fourth place finish at $ 10,000 Six-Max for $ 183,989. Last year Ferguson was even more successful. This time he cashed 15 times for a total of $ 380,200 – including the $ 10,000 Seven Card Stud runner-up for $ 151,700, while the $ 10,000 pot-limit Omaha Hi / Lo was a fourth place for $ 150,929 in it.
Afterwards Ferguson played the World Series of Poker Europe in Rozvadov. Here he reached the money six times, at the € 1,650 pot-limit Omaha Hi / Lo, he even got his sixth bracelet for € 39,289. He also won the WSOP Player of the Year 2017 title.
Now, after clinching the WSOP Player of the Year title in 2017 and playing dozens of live events since 2016, Chris Ferguson has finally been able to post an apology on his Vimeo channel. The video titled “Chris Ferguson reaches out to the poker community” was uploaded on May 23.