Tom Dwan: “I'll Pay Back Everything I Was Paid”

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2011. September 22.
Former <em>Full Tilt Poker</em> Pro <strong>Tom <em>&lsquo;durrrr&rsquo;</em> Dwan</strong> has undertaken a series of written and oral interviews recently, saying now the only things he cannot speak about are those the US Department of Justice has already said. On <em>2p2</em>, he claims he would pay everything back he was paid by <em>FTP</em>.
Poker genius and ex-Team Full Tilt Poker Pro Tom ‘durrrr’ Dwan has apparently broken his silence over the situation of FTP and he also claims, while answering questions on forums, podcasts, etc., that he would pay back everything he was paid, should the company finally and permanently collapse. He highlighted his ideas on 2p2:

“For the last 4 months i've been constantly bothered by the elephant in the room, and obviously if i addressed some issues while not addressing the most important (pertaining to the elephant) it'd come off pretty scummy and make people question ftp even more/ be bad for players. however now that the doj has outted that elephant, i think theres just about nothing i won't be able to answer (except stuff in the doj release and thats easy enough to find).

Tom 'durrrr' Dwan
Tom 'durrrr' Dwan

“as far as i know there was 1 extremely bad decision made (the right decision would've been to stop processing to us players while still allowing them to play on the site), and a slew of terrible decisions made trying to avoid owning up to the 1st bad decision. What should've been an annoying problem after a few weeks, turned into a ****ty problem, then a really ****ty problem, and then a gaping hole capable of killing the company. Even after april 15th there were many poor decisions made, but the good news is that as far as i know (and i try to check everything i can from ftp about 18 different ways) for the last 2 weeks its been managed pretty transparently and well. before that it was in talks with an investor for about 2 months so there wasn't much opportunity for mismanagement, and as far as i can tell (again i tried to vet this a bit), there wasn't much.

“if ftp doesn't pay i'll pay back everything i was paid. i dunno the best way to do this but it'll be a very transparent process.

“i currently owe ftp $$ that i'll be paying back (in addition to the other $$ ill be giving) either to the players or a liquidator (if they go bust) or to any person who's buying ftp (and paying all the players- if they stiff some this $$ will go to those players). I almost paid ftp this $$ after black friday, and i'm really happy i didn't because i think the players deserve it. obviously if given good reason (deal which i believe is likely and they need operating costs for an extra week or w/e) i may give this to ftp- basically i'll do w/ it w/e i think is best for the players- this may not be quite as transparent but i'll try (only wouldn't be if i thought it wasn't in players best interests).”


In addition, Dwan also defends a company, at least from the most extreme accusations:

“The situation is very ****ty, but its not completely hopeless. ftp was not a ponzi scheme, it was an insanely profitable company that made a ridiculous decision and then a host of other ridiculous decisions trying to avoid owning up to the 1st mistake. Theres still hope, although we shouldn't need to be talking about ***** hope right now obviously.”

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