In a surprise report by PokerUpdate, it seems that a Full Tilt Poker deal could be potentially done as soon as next week as their sources claim. It seems the external investor that Groupe Benard Tapie acquired was the push over the edge that they needed to get this deal done. Their sources go on to claim that GBT has begun the process to get the site back up and online as early as the one year anniversary of Black Friday.
GBT still has to complete the diligence of Full Tilt as well as numerous other tasks before the site can reopen successfully. First, they have to fully repay the players; to not do so would doom the business before it even re-opened. Second, they must rehire staff and infrastructure to get the site back online, as well as obtain a gaming license from one of the gaming commissions and probable numerous other steps that are known only to GBT.
This is outstanding news, for as most players have given up hope at receiving any of their former funds locked away on Full Tilt. The news for the last few weeks has been very grim, but it seems this is a rather welcomed breath of fresh air. While the poker world remains skeptical and guarded, dark pessimism has turned into slight optimism.