Poker legend and Full Tilt Poker co-founder Howard Lederer issued a statement apologizing to online poker players for failing to protect their funds in the aftermath of Black Friday.
Earlier in the week, Amaya Inc merged FTP with the PokerStars brand. This served as an ideal opportunity for Lederer to own for his unethical business practices in the past at the help of the iconic website that is now retired.
Since the scandal, the American pro has been a pariah of the poker community and issued the apology via Daniel Negreanu’s Full Contact Poker blog.
The 51 year-old wrote that he “should have provided better oversight or made sure that responsible others provided that oversight.”
He also clarified as to why he didn't do it earlier, saying “the bigger picture’ and had convinced himself that much of the criticism levelled against him had been unfair, and instead should have been directed towards others.”
He ended the piece saying this:
“An apology is not enough, but it is what I am able to offer to the poker community in the wake of a travesty that I should not have allowed to happen. I am sorry.”
While some in the poker business are willing to bury the hatchet with Lederer, Negreanu has adopted a different position.
He feels that this statement should have been out five years back and questioned whether players “should be any less pissed at him for what happened?”
Some members of the fraternity are wondering whether Lederer has timed his apology as to pave his way to play the WSOP in Las Vegas.
Maybe the two-time WSOP champion felt like easing his way into a hostile environment by apologizing first.
Well, our guess is as good as yours!
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