Look, I’m not going to believe this news until I see it on something like http://www.msnbc.msn.com/ but the news on the gambling sites is that Full Tilt may have finalized a deal with Groupe Bernard Tapie. Look, even bloggers who deal in reporting unverified, uncertain news are having trouble coming out and reporting this news. Yes, that’s how secure the fate Full Tilt Poker is — the bloggers won’t believe the news even when it comes from the source. Look, if the head of Full Tilt Poker called me right now and told me the deal was really happening, I’d tell him I’d believe it when I heard it from a reliable source, like Twitter.
See, Full Tilt’s problem is that they’ve so damaged their reputation that they’re no longer a good source of information about themselves. Or anything else. But oddly, this doesn’t mean that poker players are against Full Tilt Poker. This is perhaps a surprising thing. Despite being soundly trashed on many sites for their really poor money management skills, players really still remember them when they were a great site to play poker on. And they want them back in that position.
So, what does this have to do with blackjack? Well, the problems that online poker has been facing that resulted in the Black Friday Poker Shutdown of four sites by the US government and the crash of Full Tilt Poker are being felt by the entire online gambling world. We need strong legislation and oversight to make sure that sites are operating properly and that players are protected from bad business decisions. Because gambling is risky enough already.