Canadians are now looking to have their day in court, filing a class action lawsuit against Full Tilt Poker in the Quebec Superior Court in Montreal. This lawsuit has been filed on behalf of all Canadian players who played on Full Tilt Poker, who have had their accounts and funds frozen by the site.
Brought on by a Canadian consumer protection organization, an attorney from the Consumer Law Group Inc, Jeff Orenstein will be the attorney representing Canadian poker players who were affected by Black Friday, and the shutdown of Full Tilt Poker’s site.
To date, according to Orenstein, $150 million is still owed to Full Tilt Poker players. Of those players, 10% of them are Canadians. As such, Canadians are owed at least 10% of that $150 million, so Orenstein will be seeking to recover around $15 million from Full Tilt Poker.
Up until June 29th, Full Tilt Poker’s site was functional in Canada, despite being closed off in the United States back in April. The reason as to why Full Tilt Poker’s site stopped being functional in Canada is because their gambling license was suspended by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission.
“Since that time, Full Tilt Poker has not permitted Canadian players to make cash out requests, completely denying them access to their own Player Accounts and to their own funds,” the Consumer Law Group firm commented.
The Canadian lawsuit will be much similar to the U.S. lawsuit that was brought on by poker players against Full Tilt Poker, and many of the allegations made against Full Tilt Poker will also be made in the Canadian lawsuit.