US poker interest group the Poker Players Alliance revealed that the United States Department of Justice has approved the release of $82 million to repay 30,000 poker players who had their money seized by the government on Black Friday.
The announcement came through a tweet which read:
BREAKING: DOJ says it completed it's audit of GCG group player petitions. Approved release of 82m in funds to approx 30k players— PokerPlayersAlliance (@ppapoker) January 22, 2014
That tweet was backed up by PPA Executive Director, who posted the following on the twoplustwo poker forum: “Players with undisputed claims should be looking for an email from Garden City Group within the next few weeks with instructions on how to receive their payment. The DoJ could not provide me with a definitive date on when these emails will go out and when payments will be processed. But it looks like it will be in advance of their March 31 deadline.”
Players are expected to begin receiving their payments beginning in March and will be paid out by claims administration Garden City Group.
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