Re: Full Tilt Poker = Ponzi
its possible they could take that kind of money and have no idea if the company was legit or not. Its doubtful they were involved in the everyday business of full tilt poker. I assume they were brought in early, perhaps given part ownership so the web site could use their likeness to promote the business and generate new players each time they were seen on TV sporting a Full Tilt Poker hat, shirt, whatever.
As such, I could see where they were regularly told, hey we're doing great, here's your cut of the profits, we've got more users than we could ever imagine. How much were their lawyers, accountants involved? Perhaps the upfront arrangement promised them a certain amount of profits each year, w/ the $44mil over 4 years as a minimum that they would reap from putting some start up money in up front. Then the guys who run the site cry that the economy is hurting them, but things are OK and here's your minimum amount per our agreement, we'll take less profits as the operaters of the site, just keep sporting our gear and pimping the site.