Lary Kennedy Sues Full Tilt Poker Again

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Lary Kennedy Sues Full Tilt Poker Again
20 Aug

It’s a saga which has been running almost as long as the Full Tilt Poker debacle, and this week CalvinAyre has put the spotlight on Lary Kennedy’s latest attempts to convince judges that almost everyone connected to the site is guilty of fraud, libel, slander, false advertising, racketeering and a host of other criminal and civil wrongdoings in a $900million damages action.

Brian Balsbaugh, the founder of Poker Royalty, ‘the leading international poker agency representing the top professional and celebrity poker players and the game's premier brands and events’, tweeted the latest filing by Kennedy’s legal team in the long-running affair.

Lee Davy of Calvin Ayre described the background to the case earlier this year, shortly after The Court of Appeal of the State of California had dismissed an attempt at an appeal in the Kennedy vs Chris Ferguson case…

‘In Oct 2009, professional poker players, Lary Kennedy and Greg Omotoy began suing the crap out of a variety of different corporations and people connected to Full Tilt Poker,’ wrote Davy, adding: ‘The fisticuffs began after Full Tilt officials closed the account of Kennedy, and confiscated $80,000 in cash, after deeming she had broken the site’s terms of conditions… Full Tilt accused Kennedy of using a ‘bot’ and multi-accounting.’

The story even made it to the pages of Forbes back in 2011, Joelle Scott opening her account of the ‘shady affair’ by writing: ‘Is anyone remotely surprised that the owners of Full Tilt Poker were running a scam?’ before going on to say that ‘a former FTP poker player and well-known poker pro, Lary Kennedy, sued FTP and its officers alleging fraud, racketeering and other violations.  In the complaint, filed in Los Angeles County, California, Kennedy essentially claims FTP came up with a baseless excuse to take $80,000 of her winnings and keep it for themselves.’

Despite Lary Kennedy admitting that she multi-accounted, she denied using bots and so began the saga which has been in and out of the legal system ever since. Four times the case has been knocked back now, in 2010 the RICOH (racketeering) claims were dismissed, in 2011 it also fell foul of various problems and was rejected, while the Davy report on this February’s motions also make it clear that Kennedy and Omotoy have singularly failed to convince judges that those connected to Full Tilt have a case to answer.

The most recent filing, as outlined in Balsbaugh’s tweet above, sees ‘Chris Ferguson, Howard Lederer, Ray Bitar, Phil Ivey, Andy Bloch, Phil Gordon, Perry Friedman, John Juanda, Erik Lindgren, Erik Seidel, Mike Matusow, Allen Cunningham, Gus Hansen, Patrik Antonius, Rafe Furst, and a whole host of companies with ties to FTP once again appear on the naughty boy list,’ according to’s account.

Quite how the legal eagles will view this latest attempt is probably quite easy to predict, the scattergun approach of Kennedy likely once more failing to hit any of its targets, although as Lee Davy says at the end of his latest piece: ‘… something tells me she won’t quit trying.’

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Andrew from Edinburgh, Scotland, is a professional journalist, international-titled chess master, and avid poker player.Read more


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