Poker Players File Full Tilt California Lawsuit2nd October 2009 8:20 am GMT
According to leading U.S. entertainment news site TMZ.com, two poker players have filed suit this week in the Los Angeles County Superior Court against Full Tilt's owners, alleging that more $80,000 of their winnings were confiscated by the online poker site.
Lary Kennedy and Greg Omotoy claim that the winnings were confiscated because the site believed that poker bots were being used to play the games rather than the account owners, in violation of the site's terms and conditions.
Kennedy and Omotov however maintain their innocence and are seeking return of the funds.
TMZ said that according to court papers filed Thursday, the two plaintiffs further allege that the site itself manipulated games by using bots of its own to fill empty seats.
This is not the first time that disgruntled players have brought a lawsuit against the online poker operator for confiscating winnings in response to a breach of its terms, and it remains to be seen if there is any validity to this latest claim.
Full Tilt are said to have employed an expert to investigate the accounts of Kennedy and Omotov, who concluded that their style of play indicated that bots were being used. The company has also allegedly identified more than one account associated with one of the plaintiffs, again in breach of its terms and conditions.