Former Full Tilt CEO Ray Bitar is dying

Former Full Tilt CEO Ray Bitar is in a bad way according to Allen Cunningham.

Ray Bitar, the former CEO of Full Tilt, doesn't have long to live according to former employee and five-time WSOP bracelet winner, Allen Cunningham.

Earlier this year we learned that Bitar was suffering from a serious heart condition. At the time, many members of the poker community were quick to call it an elaborate bluff in order to avoid a jail sentence following his indictment by the DOJ. 

However, according to a source close to both Bitar and Cunningham, the American businessman is extremely ill and is "unlikely" to live more than two years. 

Having completely removed himself from the poker community following the fall of Full Tilt, Bitar hasn't confirmed the new, but those in the industry are prepared to take Cunningham's word for it. As well as being a former sponsored pro at Full Tilt, Cunningham has won five WSOP bracelets during his career and, despite being largely absent from the tournament circuit over the last few years, he's still regarded as one of the games proverbial "good guys."

In fact, because of his standing in the community and his links to former boss, many are now willing to believe that life may have dealt Bitar an extremely bad hand. 

Cunningham Asks for Compassion


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Ray Bitar's health is failing
In typically spiteful fashion, some forum posters have been quick to rejoice over the news and spit vitriol in Bitar's direction, but Cunningham has called for those who were hurt by his business blunders to find some humanity. Although he isn't looking to defend his former boss, he did say that despite bringing financial ruin to many players, Bitar wasn't benefiting from it anymore.

"To all the conspiracy theorists: according to my sources, Ray Bitar is unlikely to live more than a couple years and is nearly penniless. He didn't get away with anything. I feel like that's not getting away with it in a karmic way, at least. And especially in contrast to the conjecture at the beginning of the thread that he had hidden accounts and faked the heart problem. I would trade places with any of his victims over him. Some people still haven't gotten paid and it's mostly Ray Bitar's fault, but he isn't benefiting from it."

As for Bitar himself, the last communication the community heard from him was back in 2013 when he said he was "sorry" for his actions and that it should "never have happened." Of course, a number of players in the community aren't prepared to shed a tear for Bitar, but it does seem that the stress of the legal case against him has had a huge impact on both his finances and his health. 


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Former Full Tilt CEO Ray Bitar is dying

Ray Bitar, the former CEO of Full Tilt, doesn't have long to live according to former employee and five-time WSOP bracelet winner, Allen Cunningham.

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