When Groupe Bernard Tapie’s attempt to buy Full Tilt Poker collapsed and PokerStars stepped in, everybody asked why Stars wanted to buy Tilt. Here’s why and here’s the amazing story behind poker’s most important deal.

The tale of Full Tilt Poker (FTP) since 15 April 2011 has contained a remarkable number of moments that nobody saw coming. The first of those moments was 15 April itself. Then the DoJ dropped the ‘Ponzi Scheme’ bomb. Tapie’s deal with DoJ was just as remarkable. But when it was revealed that PokerStars was trying to gazump Tapie you could only marvel at the chutzpah.

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