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  • Full Tilt Poker Responds To Clonie Gowen Case

    Monday, January 12th, 2009 by t2admin

Full Tilt Poker and its representing lawyers have finally responded to the law suit filed against them by professional poker player Clonie Gowen back in November of 2008. Thus far, Full Tilt believes the case should be dropped.

Gowen filed a $40-million suit against Full Tilt two months ago, citing a list of accusations that include Breach of Contract, Breach of Fiduciary Duties, Breach of Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing, Unjust Enrichment and Intentional Misrepresentation/Fraud.

According to Ms. Gowen, she and Full Tilt Poker came to a verbal agreement in 2007 that would require her to represent the company as a FullTiltPoker.net Pro, wearing related apparel at all live poker events. Apparently, Full Tilt Poker offered Clonie 1% of Tiltware, the software that powers the online poker room. Clonie claims she fulfilled her part of the bargain, but never saw a dime from her 1% share of Tiltware.

When filing the law suit, Clonie Gowen also named 13 fellow Full Tilt Pros who she says were also given a percentage of Tiltware shares. Among those named were Patrik Antonius, Jennifer Harman, Phil Ivey, Howard Lederer, Erick Lindgren and Mike Matusow.

In November of 2007, Full Tilt Poker released sizable pay checks to each Full Tilt Pro on the roster, with the single exception of Clonie Gowen.

On Monday, Full Tilt Poker and its team of lawyers issued a request for dismal, challenging every claim in Ms. Gowen’s case, calling them vague and pointing out a lack of evidence to support them. Though the agreement Clonie cites was apparently verbal, Full Tilt indicates that Ms. Gowen’s suit fails to identify whether it was an oral or contractual agreement.

In reference to Clonie’s accusation against 13 FullTilt.net Pros, the company seeks to absolve them of any wrong doing, attempting to clear their names from the docket. According to the issue for dismissal, Ms. Gowen was merely trying to gain publicity by bringing their names into the matter to begin with, labeling it a “tactical” maneuver.

Full Tilt Poker is accepting that the Breach of Contract claim may have some merit to be discussed, but believes Clonie must submit further evidence before it is sufficient to warrant a courtroom’s decision. All other charges Full Tilt Poker would like dismissed due to lack of evidence and clarification.

A date has not been set to determine the next step in the case of Clonie Gowen vs. Full tilt Poker.

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