Full Tilt Poker’s Legal Woes Analyzed

Full Tilt Poker seems to be bullied these days, and is the top story for a lot of legal issues. A lot of players that go to the website are wondering if their money is actually safe with this online poker website. They are the world’s second largest poker website, and since they have a lot of exposure as being so, it seems unlikely that anything will happen to the player’s money. One of the legal issues that is circulating about the company seems to be a joke, while there is also a very serious issue that it might be too early to tell if this is the end for the famous online poker website.

Lawyers are working on seizing internet gambling domain names from some of the top websites out there. Full Tilt Poker being one and Pocket Kings Ltd is another. These two are the only two that are specifically named in the suit. Attorneys plan on adding all of the 141 domains that they are planning on seizing as well. These are all labeled as ‘unknown defendants’ as of now. Lawyers asked for a leave of court in order to ascertain the identities of the other companies out there that the domain suit is against. It does not matter how many defendants the attorneys can find however, since the lawsuit itself is a far stretch. A law in Kentucky states that in those cases of gambling illegally, a third party is able to sue on behalf of the loser that is being played against in order to recover triple the amount the loser lost against the illegal player.

Poker is usually a person to person game, and any hands that were lost in the game were the loser’s hands, and not the fault of the online poker site. The site is only an online venue where people can play. The judge has already shown bias in approving this lawsuit. This was overturned later on by the Kentucky Court of Appeals. The case might not gain any ground when it comes down to it. Judges however, do not like to have these rulings that they make overturned, and this means that this judge might not take on another case like this one that includes online gambling websites.

A grand jury investigation is underway of Full Tilt Poker’s website. This is the more serious of the two charges. Nothing official has actually happened as of yet though. The Financial Times was the only news outlet to say word of this investigation. Although they are the only ones talking about it, it doesn’t mean that the story is not going to happen. Anyone who leaked this information to the Financial Times is breaking the law, and giving the information illegally since the investigations done are sealed. Having this investigation might be a cause of concern for the players on Full Tilt Poker’s website. No one should panic however, because they have to have a probable cause to move forward with any accusations.

It is still too early to tell what is going to become of either of these two charges. All we can do now is wait and see.

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