Allegations of Poker Bot Use at Full Tilt Poker

by Poker Team

Since it’s creation, Full Tilt Poker has been heralded as an honest, no-nonsense online poker site. Other than multi-accounting, which is a player caused problem, not one perpetrated by the site, Full Tilt has for the most part been free from some of the more damaging issues that have plagued some of their competitors. However, this week, they were named in a lawsuit which alleges that some players were using automated bots in an attempt to cheat other player out of money.

What is a poker bot? A bot is computer program whose purpose is to play poker against human opponents or other computer opponents. Generally, well designed bots can win at a high rate and the practice of using them is considered cheating.

On October 1st, heads-up online specialist. Lary “pokergirlz” Kennedy and former Full Tilt customer Greg Omotoy filed a complaint on October 1st accusing Full Tilt with, among other things, fraud and libel, over the alleged accusation of using bots. Earlier this year, Full Tilt Poker, removed over $80,000 from the accounts of the two players, because they believed the two were wrongfully using bots against other players, which is a direct violation of the Full Tilt Poker Terms of Service. After the seizure of funds, Kennedy posted about the situation on Twoplustwo’s forum. Perhaps not coincidentally, shortly after posting, Kennedy was then accused by Full Tilt of Multi accounting. This is what finally prompted the lawsuit. The official complaint names Full Tilt Poker, Tiltware and Howard Lederer, Raymond Bitar, Phil Gordon, Chris Ferguson, Andy Bloch, Perry Friedman, Erick Lindgren, Erik Seidel, Phil Ivey, Patrik Antonius, John Juanda, Gus Hansen, Mike “The Mouth” Matusow, and Allen Cunningham as co-defendants.

As part of the suit, Kennedy and Otomy’s explain that Full Tilt originally consisted of two separate companies, Tiltware and Vert Enterprises and suggests that, despite Full Tilt’s assertion that they are separate entities operating out of California and St. Kitts and Nevis, respectively, the two companies the same and are illegally being run in California.

What started out as simple action taken out against 2 players from the sea of online poker, could perhaps turn out to be a complete public relations disaster for Full Tilt. It is believed that Full Tilt likely would have to consider the possibility of settling as to avoid exposure to US courts.

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