Top 10 Stories of 2018, #8: Ferguson Posts "Apology" Video
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The Video, All 42 Seconds of It
Having refused to speak several times since the events of Black Friday, Chris Ferguson finally found the time to apologize for his role in the Full Tilt Poker scandal as this year’s 2018 World Series of Poker approached. The exact time he found for everyone was... 42 seconds.
Having endured several summers of ‘feedback’ from players who were unhappy with not having been paid back by Full Tilt Poker upon the brand’s 2011 implosion, Ferguson sought to make amends by posting the video on the eve of this summer’s WSOP festival. Nice timing, some noted, with the 2017 Player of the Year likely to meet with more anger from players who hadn’t forgotten his perceived role in the brand’s collapse.
In case you’ve been living under a very heavy rock for seven years; in 2011, Black Friday rocked the poker community as Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars, and Ultimate Bet were indicted, with online poker suspended indefinitely by the U.S. government. Full Tilt Poker’s role was integral and having failed to segregate funds between players and their poker operations, Full Tilt bore the brunt of post-Black-Friday recriminations.
Of course, the perception of Chris Ferguson plummeted, and it would be fair to say that his apology did little to convince the poker world that he was another victim of the events of April 2011. Howard Lederer went to great lengths to try to explain away his role in the scandal, but, perhaps having seen the reaction to Lederer’s apology in 2012, Ferguson had never previously spoken out about what happened.
In the 42-second video, Ferguson still said as little as you might have expected. Instead of any admittance of guilt, there was a vague claim of his hard work in attempting to get poker players repaid after the furor. He reminded us of his name, as if we could mistake him for another long-haired poker player in a brown cowboy hat, and said he also looked forward to the full story about Full Tilt coming out one day.
Reaction on Poker Twitter
His attempt at contrition sounded as remorseful as a hot dog advert and left the same salty, bitter taste in many poker players’ mouths. Those mouths took to Twitter in force:
Here is a video from Chris Ferguson. It’s a shame that so many of the younger poker players have JUDGED Chris so h… https://t.co/o7kEdAcYS9— phil_hellmuth (@phil_hellmuth)
He was a face for a company that stole millions of dollars from its customers. Don’t you think he should’ve release… https://t.co/6EZfhCAm2L— Dan O'Brien ? (@DanOBrienPoker)
@RealKidPoker Despite this I actually kind of feel he isn't the bad guy and there's some sincerity somewhere there.… https://t.co/9SfJKxbo9c— Patrick Leonard (@plenopads)
@RealKidPoker “I worked relentlessly to ensure all players got paid back, and I sincerely apologize it took as long… https://t.co/lGbGD1fBxi— Mike Schneider (@schneidspoker)
@RealKidPoker Man, I don't know. I didn't feel it was as heartfelt as you did! I guess it did effectively end my po… https://t.co/joaIX35rQk— eric froehlich (@efropoker)
Imagine waiting 7 years to release this: https://t.co/u9fmm7mpp0— Lance Bradley (@Lance_Bradley)
@phil_hellmuth Not surprising you would defend this scumbag. Phil and Chris are two birds of a feather, players wh… https://t.co/zb2K8KbDGR— David Bakes (@DMBakes)
@TheTmay @phil_hellmuth Phil’s generation grew up scamming and treating each other like scum. They think our genera… https://t.co/SdEf9iSysj— Carter King (@CKingLivePro)
The Apology Transcribed
Here’s Ferguson’s apology in full:
Hi, it's Chris Ferguson.
I'd like to take this brief opportunity to address the poker community which I love and have been part of for a long time. I deeply regret not being able to prevent Black Friday from happening. After Black Friday, I worked relentlessly to ensure that all players got paid back, and I sincerely apologize that it took as long as it did.
I also realize it has taken me a long time to make any sort of public statement and I appreciate my fans and the poker community as a whole for the patience and support. One day, the Full Tilt Poker story will be told, and like many of you, I look forward to that day.
I hope to see you all at the World Series of Poker this summer. Thank you and good luck.
If you’re still angry, you’re not the only one. Daniel Negreanu went full Hellmuth on his former adversary.
Chris Ferguson didn’t win Player of the Year at the 2018 World Series of Poker, but he did cash 23 times across the year; 17 times in Las Vegas at the WSOP and six times in Rozvadov at the World Series of Poker Europe. Cashing into the six figures, Ferguson must like flags, both on his Hendon Mob page and blowing in the air conditioning at the Rio.
While his apology video did little to appease the thousands of poker players who still blame him for at least part of the Full Tilt Poker scandal, Ferguson remains popular with enough players to keep coming back, so expect him to crop up again in 2019.
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Top 10 Stories Since 2011
Top 10 Stories of 2011
- Black Friday
- Full Tilt Poker
- PokerStars Back to Business After Black Friday
- Phil Ivey
- The Year of Seidel
- Ben Lamb Makes His Mark
- Grospellier and Cody Complete Poker's Triple Crown
- Forming the Epic Poker League
- Second Place Goes to — Phil Hellmuth
- The Big One for One Drop
Top 10 Stories of 2012
- PokerStars Acquires Assets of Full Tilt Poker
- Phil Hellmuth Wins Two Bracelets, Including WSOP-E Main Event
- Howard Lederer Breaks Year-Long Silence in the Lederer Files
- The Big One for One Drop
- #5a, Greg Merson Wins the WSOP Main Event and POY Award
- #5b, Dan Smith Dominates
- Greg Raymer Wins Four Heartland Poker Tour Titles
- Marvin Rettenmaier Wins Back-To-Back WPTs and Much More
- Baumann and Hille Bubble WSOP Main Event Final Table
- Phil Ivey Returns in a Big Way
Top 10 Stories of 2013
- The Launch of Regulated Online Poker in the U.S.
- Daniel Negreanu's Massive Year
- German Domination
- Full Tilt Poker Repayment in the U.S.
- Drama Involving Past WSOP Main Event Champs
- Controversial "First Card Off the Deck" Rule
- World Series of Poker Circuit Grinders Dominate
- The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $10 Million Guarantee
- Canada Crushes at the WSOP
- Ivey, Kagawa, Smith, and Others Face Legal Trouble
Top 10 Stories of 2014
- PokerStars Acquired By Amaya and Makes Significant Changes
- Phil Ivey Endures More Legal Drama
- Christian Lusardi and the Borgata Counterfeit Chip Scandal
- Daniel Colman's Massive Success and Controversial Year
- Passing of Strassmann, Brown, Korfman, Sartori, Elvis Joe
- Vicky Coren Mitchell Becomes First Two-Time EPT Champ
- Yong, Phua, Others Involved in World Cup Betting Scandal
- Ultimate Poker Closes in New Jersey and Nevada
- Tony G Leaves Poker for European Parliament
- Darren Elias Wins Back-To-Back World Poker Tour Events
Top 10 Stories of 2015
- Online Poker Changes at PokerStars and Full Tilt
- Negreanu’s Run and McKeehen’s Dominance in WSOP Main Event
- WSOP Highs and Lows; Colossal Records, Heads-Up Controversy
- The Loss of David Ulliott, Chad Batista, and Others
- Ivey Wins 3rd Aussie Millions $250K, Is Online's Top Loser
- Old Guys Still Got It - Hellmuth, Juanda, Seidel Score Big
- Andy Beal Returns to Vegas to Face Todd Brunson
- GPI Player of the Year Race Comes Down to the Wire
- PokerStars Approved to Operate in New Jersey
- GVC Buys bwin.party, Ourgame Buys WPT
Top 10 Stories of 2016
- Qui Nguyen Wins the 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event
- Once-In-a-Lifetime Heater for Fedor Holz
- The Mercier Bracelet Bets That Shook the Poker World
- Big Changes at PokerStars
- William Kassouf Dominates ESPN
- Prop Bets Grab Headlines
- Chris Ferguson and Howard Lederer Return
- Online Gaming Marketplace Consolidates
- GPL Holds Season 1
- Big One For One Drop Open to Recs Only
Top 10 Stories of 2017
- Chris Ferguson Wins World Series of Poker POY
- John Hesp Reignites Poker Excitement During WSOP Main Event
- Doug Polk Wins One Drop and the Internet
- PokerGO Changes the Way WSOP is Consumed
- Online Poker Advances in the U.S.
- Fedor Holz and the Germans Continue High Roller Dominance
- Phil Ivey Loses $19 Million in Court Battles
- partypoker's Resurgence
- Australia Loses Fight for Legalized Online Poker
- Computer Beats Poker Pros in 'Brains vs. AI'
In this Series
- 1 Top 10 Stories of 2018, #1: Justin Bonomo's $25 Million Year
- 2 Top 10 Stories of 2018, #2: Big Blind Ante Becomes the Standard
- 3 Top 10 Stories of 2018, #3: Famous Pros Retire
- 4 Top 10 Stories of 2018, #4: Joe Cada's Amazing WSOP Including Two Bracelets and Main Event Run
- 5 Top 10 Stories of 2018, #5: Jake Cody Puts it All on Black, Goes Viral
- 6 Top 10 Stories of 2018, #6: Ivey Returns to Tournament Poker
- 7 Top 10 Stories of 2018, #7: Gordon Vayo Versus PokerStars Lawsuit
- 8 Top 10 Stories of 2018, #8: Ferguson Posts "Apology" Video
- 9 Top 10 Stories of 2018, #9: partypoker Breaks Records Live and Online
- 10 Top 10 Stories of 2018, #10: PokerStars' Platinum Pass Give-Away
- 11 Top 10 of 2018: What Didn't Make the Cut