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Tweet Relief: All Hail Our Ante Overlords!
Well. That was worth waiting for.
The much-anticipated, doubt-riddled deal between PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker was finally consumated today.
A mind-boggling $547 million+ will be returned to the poker economy, it looks like, and 15 months of hand-wringing anguish seems to have come to a close.
Plenty of details remain to be ironed out but on the surface it looks like perhaps the biggest day in poker history.
Think poker players are happy about it?
Put it this way: If Phil Galfond and Shane Schelger still lived in New York, a picture would probably materialize of them kissing in Times Square.
As it is, we'll have to settle for thousands of gleeful, superlative, well deserved tweets exhalting the glory of PokerStars.
Rest assured that tomorrow hardcore poker grunching will return in full.
For today, though, to the victors go the spoils.
I have $0 on FTP but I couldn't be more enthused for all my friends + acquaintances--HUGE day for the poker world as a whole.— Shane Schleger (@ShaneSchleger) July 31, 2012
Props to— Phil Galfond (@PhilGalfond) July 31, 2012
@pokerstars for handling the last 16 months w/ extreme professionalism. Bailing us all out now is an obscenely large cherry on top.
I couldn't me more be more proud of my association with such a solid and great company like— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) July 31, 2012
@pokerstars. Incredibly good news today.
Let me love you Pokerstars!— Christian Harder (@realcharder30) July 31, 2012
Just read the press release - wow— Brian Hastings (@brianchastings) July 31, 2012
@pokerstars has really outdone themselves. Everybody wins (besides competitors in regulated US market)
Congratulations Poker Players!— Matt Savage (@SavagePoker) July 31, 2012
Like ecstatic for all the people who have tons of money on there and truly need it...Congrats everyone and we love you Stars! Now come back!— Josh Brikis (@JBrikis) July 31, 2012
So happy to finally see the news. Very proud to represent the best online poker site. Well done— Chris Moneymaker (@CMONEYMAKER) July 31, 2012
Once again PokerStars has made me proud to represent them.— David Williams (@dwpoker) July 31, 2012
To those outside of poker: the biggest online poker company bailed out the second largest, all customers to eventually get paid back.— Taylor Caby (@taylorcaby) July 31, 2012
Stars pretty much won the online poker business game with this. The goodwill they bought for $750 million will likely translate to billions.— Mark Gahagan (@Mark_Gahagan) July 31, 2012
Official Statement on FTP/Stars Deal:I am thrilled to learn that Poker Stars has acquired Full Tilt Poker. (1/4)— Phil Gordon (@PhilNoLimits) July 31, 2012
(2/4)This acquisition is the best outcome for players and the future of online poker.— Phil Gordon (@PhilNoLimits) July 31, 2012
(3/4) I am extremely happy to find out that bankrolls will be restored and the players will be made whole.— Phil Gordon (@PhilNoLimits) July 31, 2012
(4/4)I wish the best of luck to Poker Stars and poker players worldwide.— Phil Gordon (@PhilNoLimits) July 31, 2012
We love you even more now poker stars!!!— Shawn Buchanan (@shawnbuchanan1) July 31, 2012
What a great day to work for— Matt Lambourne (@Matt_Lambourne) July 31, 2012
#PokerStars, so proud! Biggest day in the history of the industry!!!
I am celebrating and drinking and kissing every single face I see along the way. Thank you— Brent Hanks (@Bhanks11) July 31, 2012
@pokerstars and all those who fought for us.
While making a great business decision, Poker Stars becomes heros to countless members of the poker community. Just brilliant. Well done.— Christopher DeMaci (@DeMaci_Poker) July 31, 2012
Abt time— Tom Dwan (@TomDwan) July 31, 2012
Lol at ppl giving the doj the credit for today. I'll do a long interview or blog detailing who to rly thank and some random stuff— Tom Dwan (@TomDwan) July 31, 2012