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From Bad to Worse for Full Tilt Poker

by Poker Team

Just 3 weeks ago, when poker pro Clonie Gowen’s lawsuit against Full Tilt Poker was thrown out of court, executives at the world’s second largest online poker site must have let out a collective sigh of relief. Now that the legal matter was behind them, they no doubt believed that things would go back to normal. Little did they know that their legal nightmares were just beginning.

Over the weekend, it was revealed that a grand jury had convened to look into money laundering allegation against some of its principals. Now, just 24 hours later, it is being reported that the Commonwealth of Kentucky is now filing suit against the company, looking to recoup lost money from players within the state. Specifically, the suit is attempting to refund the State

“the amount of money lost between March 25, 2005 and September 25, 2009 by persons located within the borders of Kentucky.”

This marks the first time that a legal entity is attempting to lay claim to money lost by its constituents playing online poker. In addition to trying to recoup players’ losses, the suit also try to obtain “pre-judgment and post-judgment interest, attorney fees, and “such further relief as the Court deems just and proper.” The exact amount is unknown as the suit does not specify a dollar figure though it should be in the millions.

The suit is not, however, only going after Full Tilt. In the wide net cast by the suit, also named are Absolute Poker, Bugsy’s Club, Cake Poker, Crazy Poker, DoylesRoom, Golden Palace, Microgaming, MySportsbook, Pitbull Poker, PlayersOnly, PokerHost, PokerStars, PokerTime, Red Star Poker, Reefer Poker,, True Poker, and WSEX. Also named are Bodog, referenced under its previous name, BodogLife and UltimateBet instead of UB.

Kentucky prosecutors really mean business in this case. In a statement, they say,

“The Full Tilt Defendants have done, or have caused to be done, tortuous acts in the Commonwealth for which the Commonwealth has a substantial and compelling interest in exercising personal jurisdiction.”

Should they succeed in their prosecution attempt, this could set an ugly precedent that other states could be expected to follow suit.

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