Revived online poker giant Full Tilt Poker has begun allowing French poker players to access their accounts, enabling those same players to transfer their positive balances to their PokerStars account, which can then be cashed out.
The move comes a day before the company's official re-launch. Full Tilt players have been locked out of their accounts for 16 months, when the US Department of Justice began the Black Friday indictments which crippled the site and caused many of the company's executives to face criminal and civil charges.
The site faced uncertainty until earlier this year, when fellow gambling giant PokerStars reached a deal with the US which would see it purchase Full Tilt Poker while paying hefty fines to the federal government.
Commenting on the process, PokerStars Head of Corporate Communications Eri Hollreiser said: "For the millions of players who will have access to their funds, this marks the end of a long and emotional roller-coaster ride. We hope this begins a new journey that allows players to enjoy two great poker sites - Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars - with the confidence in the shared ownership of The Rational Group, who will ensure the safety and security of your funds and the integrity of your poker action."