In America, professional poker player Cycalona ‘Clonie’ Gowen has filed a lawsuit in Nevada against online poker site FullTiltPoker.com and a long list of players claiming breech of contract and asking for $40 million in compensation.
Gowen had been a sponsored player for the Alderney-licensed site since its establishment in 2004 but was recently informed that her services were no longer required and that her image would be removed from promotional materials.
The 20-page lawsuit filed with the Nevada District Court claims that Gowen accepted a one percent share in FullTiltPoker.com and parent firm TiltWare LLC when the online poker room was launched in 2004 in lieu of any monetary compensation at that time. She subsequently promoted the site in exchange for that ownership interest with no additional compensation.
However, in May of last year, the former beauty queen alleged that every other sponsored professional poker player working for FullTiltPoker.com received distribution cheques except her. Gowen then stated that she demanded any money owed to her at that time and was offered $250,000, which she refused as it was only a fraction of what she claimed she was owed.
Gowen continued to promote FullTiltPoker.com until November 11 when she was informed that the site would no longer sponsor her. She stated that the site is worth an estimated four billion dollars and that she has still not been given a reason as to why she did not receive any distribution payments when every other sponsored player had.
The filing was made with Judge Robert Jones on Friday and also contains details of meetings, telephone calls and verbal contracts made with executives for TiltWare in 2004.
For its part, TiltWare claims that it is aware of the recent filing and asserted that Gowen’s allegations are without merit and contain inaccuracies.