One of the major figures in the Full Tilt Poker scandal and a reportedly major shareholder who got himself a big retirement fund from the FTP interests, Howard “The Professor” Lederer, has apparently agreed to give an insider&s view into the whole debacle in an interview conducted by top writer Matthew Parvis.
According to an announcement made by Parvis, the interview titled “The Lederer Files”, will be split into a series of videos in which Lederer “…breaks his silence on the events leading up to and surrounding Full Tilt Poker and Black Friday.”
It appears that Lederer was the one requesting the interview, as a matter of fact, and Parvis claims that he made it clear to Lederer that “…if he was looking for an outlet to make this easy on him in return for the opportunity to run a story, then we were not interested. This was a non-issue, as Lederer mentioned he was willing to sit down at length, and answer all questions I had as candidly as he could.
“I also made it clear that my team and I would need adequate time to prepare in full, and that he would need to prepare for quite a long sit-down to cover everything we were hoping to cover,” Parvis reports.
“Lederer agreed, and ultimately we decided on a video interview so there would be nothing lost in translation. The poker community deserved not only to read what Lederer had to say, but they deserved to see and hear the answers directly.”
In addition, Parvis said: “I poured through as much information as I could in relation to Full Tilt Poker’s rise and fall, Lederer’s relationship with the company, and the indictments and complaints from the Department of Justice. I scoured online poker forums to learn what was most important to the community, in addition to trying to speak to people relevant to the story, most of whom declined to speak or comment. I also spent some time with Lederer to get a better feel for the story itself, and the man with whom I would be sitting face to face with in an attempt to find the truth about the failure of Full Tilt Poker.”
He also specified that in the interview conducted on Sept. 8 Lederer discussed the subjects such as payment processing, segregation of player and operating accounts, Ray Bitar, Phil Ivey, player loans, Black Friday, and the eventual forfeiture of Full Tilt Poker assets to PokerStars.
Although potentially risky, this move by Lederer promises to trigger a lot of industry attention.