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Full Tilt’s PocketKings sued by PokerStrategy for $1.2m

by Jeremy

Seeing as how PokerStars has purchased Full Tilt Poker and is in the process of paying a collective $334 million to FTP players, there seems to be a sigh of relief in the poker community. However, relief is far from the mind of former Full Tilt affiliates because they still haven’t been paid old commissions. Such is the case with PokerStrategy, which is owed well over a million dollars.

We know this because PokerStrategy has recently leveled a $1.2 million lawsuit against Full Tilt’s subsidiary, PocketKings. Apparently PokerStrategy was owed $1.2m before FTP had their gaming license taken away by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission. It’s worth mentioning that PokerStrategy did the honorable thing by waiting until a Full Tilt sale was finalized. However, the fact remains that they’re owed a substantial amount of money for promoting Full Tilt Poker and they haven’t been paid yet.

PokerStrategy’s decision to sue PocketKings brings up some very interesting questions in this matter - namely who will actually end up fronting the bill for all unpaid affiliates. PokerStrategy isn’t the only site that’s owed money because there are also lots of other smaller affiliates who are due anywhere from $1,000 to $100,000.

While we’re speculating here, it doesn’t seem like PocketKings would have enough leftover cash to pay all of the affiliates who are owed money. After all, it’s not like they could even come close to paying back player deposits.

Assuming they can’t pay the bills, is it possible that PokerStars would end up paying affiliates? We don’t see this as a likely scenario either because there’s no language in their US Department of Justice deal that calls for PokerStars to pay off affiliate sites. However, a court order could possibly change this, who knows…

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