Gus Hansen has said that he does not believe that Howard Lederer and Chris Ferguson did anything to deliberately cheat Full Tilt Players. The two may have neglected their responsibilities, but did nothing on purpose, Hansen said.
Gus Hansen has said that he does not believe Full Tilt Poker bosses Howard Lederer
and Chris Ferguson
did anything on purpose to cheat Full Tilt players, but rather that the company's demise is the result of neglect and poor decision making.
Hansen, who is currently playing in the World Series of Poker's $50,000 Players Championship, made his statements in a new interview with Pokerlistings.com.
In the interview, Hansen was asked about his own role in Full Tilt Poker, where he was a minor shareholder and a sponsored pro.
Even so, Hansen said, the happenings of Black Friday and the seizure of players' money came as a shock to him like it did to everyone else.
"(…) from my my point of view things were fine. And I think from most people's point of view everything was fine. But as far as the phantom deposits and everything else that might have been going on, I don't know. I wish I knew it all because it's a company I was involved in but I don't," Hansen said.
The Danish pro also defended Full Tilt bosses Howard Lederer and Chris Ferguson, who have been accused by many as being responsible for the company's failure to pay out its players.
Lederer and Ferguson could be accused of neglecting their responsibilities, but likely did nothing on purpose to fraud players, Hansen said.
"I have known Howard Lederer for a long time and I've known Chris Ferguson for a long period of time and from my point of view I would be shocked if they ever did anything that even remotely reminded me of foul play," Hansen claimed.
"I think they could be guilty of neglect or not being careful enough but I can't believe they'd be guilty of foul play. Obviously there's a chance I'm wrong but I honestly don't believe so," he added.
Hansen also confirmed to have heard rumors that PokerStars
may be stepping in "as a white knight" to save the company and pay out players. This possibility, Hansen added, would be a welcome solution to him, as he continues to have a large amount locked up on the site.
Read the full interview with Hansen here