A “global ponzi scheme” is what lawyers for the United States Government called Full Tilt, in court documents, in which the . filed a civil suit against Chris Ferguson, along with other Full Tilt co-founders, Howard Lederer, Ray Bitar, and Rafe Furst. Ferguson had a 20% stake in Full Tilt, according to the Wall Street Journal. When Full Tilt was shut down on Black Friday, it owned players in the United States over $150 million dollars, and roughly another $150 million more to players worldwide. Reports state that Full Tilt had paid its owners (including Ferguson) and associates $444 million.