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The Lederer Files: The UIGEA, Segregated Accounts, and Retirement

Since April 15, 2011, the poker world has waited anxiously to hear from Howard Lederer about the downfall of Full Tilt Poker. That wait is officially over.

In Part 2 of this exclusive interview series with, Lederer discusses Full Tilt Poker's decision to remain in the U.S. post-UIGEA and the payment processing issues that went along with that decision. According to Lederer, it was an easy decision to stay, based on the recommendation of legal counsel.

"The company sought legal opinions from very reputable attorneys," Lederer said, "and the law didn't say anything about poker."

Lederer also explains his reaction to a startling email the company received from a customer on March 17, 2008. The customer said he was "very concerned about the risk of depositing money" and questioned whether the money in his account was being held in a company trust account.

It was a question that opened Lederer's eyes about the company's financial situation.

"I saw it as an important question that needed to be answered accurately," Lederer says in the interview. "In the (following months), I endeavored to have the company financial department be able to produce a document that could answer the fundamental question, which is, 'did we have more cash on hand in our various accounts than we owed our customers?'"

In Part 2 of The Lederer Files, Lederer also discusses his decision to step down from his management role with the company, a decision he claims he made in late 2007. Lederer remained on the board of directors, but the search began for his replacement.

Here's Part 2:

Stay tuned to for the release of Part 3 on Wednesday, Sept. 19. For news, updates, and more follow PokerNews on Twitter and Facebook.

Disclaimer: The thoughts and opinions expressed in this interview are those of the interviewee and do not necessarily reflect those of PokerNews.

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  • bobby2007 bobby2007

    If you had a million dollars in the Full Tilt account and got screwed. It was your fault! We poker players find online poker just numbers.
    No different than if you went to an unregulated game in a basement. Someone else is holding your money. Yes they scammed you. But you put your trust in them first.

    Doesn't really matter what they did or didn't do. They were criminals, they neglected to do necessary things, like all criminals. J.Ferg, not wanting money to be distributed doesn't mean he hates money, means he knows there isn't enough to distribute.

  • Fivefor Fivefor

    Mind boggling that his greatest regret is that they are a California LLC operating as a Dublin company. Don't worry about all the people that could have be screwed out of all their, just wow.

  • stakes1 stakes1

    ahh, ignorance is bliss. A managing partner, yet when it came to money, "no hablar". The classic "I don't wanna know", or "we'll worry about it when the time comes" approaches is what took this company down. Oh yeah, that, and Mado... err Bitar. Reconciling accounts is not an upper division business concept.

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