Tom Dwan Phone Interview

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2011. September 23.
As we reported, poker pro <a href="http://www.rakerace.com/news/poker-players/tom-dwan-ill-pay-back-everything-i-was-paid-/" title="Tom Dwan: &ldquo;I'll Pay Back Everything I Was Paid&rdquo;"><strong>Tom <em>&rsquo;durrrr&rsquo; </em>Dwan set out to give interviews on whatever he knows about the <em>Full Tilt Poker</em> case</strong></a>. Among the several, the latest and most extensive audio material was published by <em>Subject: Poker</em> and you can listen to it here.
Tom ’durrrr’ Dwan undertook an extensive phone interview with Subject: Poker’s Noah Stephens-Davidowitz, who asked him about the most intimate details of the Full Tilt Poker issue and Dwan promised to answer everything to his best knowledge, as there remains nothing he cannot talk about, following the already published FTP and DoJ statements.

Tom 'durrrr' Dwan
Tom 'durrrr' Dwan

You can check it for yourself below if he gives the answers you expect from him. The topics covered include a summary of the events after Black Friday, when ‘durrrr’ realised how little they knew about the financials of the company; his opinion of players and others, including himself, standing up and paying back customers and if FTP and the new group of investors ever expected him to give back money.

Also, Dwan talks about the mistakes and bad decisions FTP management has made, the too many pros they paid, the accusations of online poker serving only as cover for a Ponzi-scheme and the viability of the new investors; the transparency of the company’s dealings earlier and now, if Howard Lederer ever so much as apologised and what or who does he blame and the exclusive negotiations that lasted two months and that supposedly ended because the investor did not have the required amount of money after all; and, finally, how come Ray Bitar remains CEO of Full Tilt Poker after all this and how Phil Ivey’s lawsuit hindered the negotiations, even if he had the right intentions.

Listen to the 1-hour-long interview here.

Interview with Tom "durrrr" Dwan by Subject: Poker

The topics that “for reasons explained in the interview, Dwan was not comfortable answering extemporaneously at the time” and that therefore need written answers were the following:
  • “What factors does he think led to Full Tilt being insolvent? Specifically, are the player deposit shortfall and the Black Friday seizures the only causes of insolvency?
  • What plausible reasons has he heard that explain why Ray Bitar is still CEO of the company in spite of the problems that the company has experienced during his tenure?
  • What reasons does he believe that Phil Ivey had for filing his lawsuit?”

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