Full Tilt’s Rush Poker Patent challenged by InstaDeal

by Jeremy

As if Full Tilt Poker isn’t already in enough controversy, a new dilemma has emerged where InstaDeal Poker is challenging the patent on Rush Poker. The Rush Poker service, which takes poker players to new tables as soon as they make a move (eliminates waiting time), was previously exclusive to Full Tilt.

Per Hildebrand, who is the CEO of the InstaDeal Poker network, claims that Full Tilt Poker never completed all of the necessary paperwork to have a Rush Poker patent. Furthermore, he told PokerNewsReport, “From that time on (finding out there was no patent), we were confident they were never going to get a patent for it and so we felt it was safe to start moving forward with InstaDeal.”

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One of the reasons why InstaDeal appears to be the only site that’s moving forward with the Rush Poker software is that FTP previously issued a warning stating, “Full Tilt Poker, its Affiliates and/or its Parent Company will take vigorous legal action against any infringement of their patent rights.”

However, Full Tilt has lost considerable power in the online poker market ever since their board members were indicted by the US Department of Justice. In addition to this, their online poker license was revoked by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC), which stopped FTP from running real money poker games. Currently, Groupe Bernard Tapie is finalizing a deal to buy Full Tilt Poker for $80 million.

With Full Tilt busy on other fronts right now, even PokerStars is considering jumping into the Rush Poker phenomenon as Hildebrand said, “PokerStars has suggested launching something similar, and no one really knows what they’re up to but we gather that they’re looking into the legals. In all honesty, I’m a little surprised that they haven’t launched anything yet.”