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    Default Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet players to receive third round of payments

    Claims administrator Garden City Group announced in mid-March month that a third round of payments is being distributed to players from Absolute Poker and Ultimate Bet who filed petitions after the September 2017 deadline.

    It is unclear if this is the last round of payments, but this will reimburse approximately 450 more victims of the online poker sites that disappeared after Black Friday. According to, about 12,500 people have received or will receive confirmed payments thus far.

    However, this is a relatively small number from the original 1.2 million notices that were sent at the beginning of the process for UltimateBet and Absolute Poker players. There may have been some very small balances that were not worth pursuing, but there may also be players in other countries or with new emails who may not have received notices from Garden City Group.
    Here is what the notice said on the Garden City Group website:

    GCG has been informed that the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section of the Department of Justice (MLARS) has approved a third round of payments to Petitioners who confirmed their Absolute Poker / Ultimate Bet account balances after the initial September 7, 2017 filing deadline. The distribution will include payments to approximately 450 Petitioners with awards totaling $1,084,200.97.

    Payments will be made via electronic ACH to Petitioners residing in the United States and via foreign currency check to Petitioners residing outside of the United States. In cases where a foreign currency check cannot be issued, the payment will be made via USD check or foreign currency wire depending on the Petitioners country of residence.

    Within the next few weeks, GCG will be sending an email notice to all approved Petitioners that contains the amount and method of their payment. For Petitioners scheduled to receive their payment via electronic ACH or foreign currency wire, the email notice will also include instructions for submitting the required banking information needed for payment.

    GCG will also be sending an email notice to certain Petitioners who were approved for payment and were identified as having a delinquent debt qualifying for collection through the Treasury Offset Program. Payments for these Petitioners will be reduced in order to satisfy their debt in part or in whole. To receive the balance of their payment, Petitioners must provide GCG with the information required to complete a Unified Financial Management System Vendor Request Form. Instructions on how to provide this information will be included in the email notice.

    Specific questions regarding outstanding debts and offset amounts cannot be addressed by the Department of Justice or GCG. To obtain information on your individual debt, you must contact the Treasury Offset Program at (800) 304-3107 or visit for additional information.

    Petitioners should continue to check this website for updates regarding the payment process and this administration.

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