Quirk in Illinois law makes winners pay losers

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Posted on Oct 19th 2010  -  Subject: Quirk in Illinois law makes winners pay losers

In what can only be called an absurd state law, a lawyer and defendent in Illinois has sued several prominent Illinois based online tournament players.  They are citing some obscure law that claims that anyone losing $50 or more gambling can sue to have that money returned.  If that person does not initiate action within six months, any person can initiate civil action against the winner and demand triple the amount.

Some of the notable winning players named include Andy Seth (BKice), Moshin Charania (chicagocards1), Faraz Jaka (the-toliet 0), Benjamin LeFew (chong94), and Ravi Raghavan (govshark2) and Tyler Reiman (puffinmypurp) and Kevin Saul (belowabove) who collectively have won millions in online tournament winnings.

Scott Crespo, the plaintiff, is supposedly a Florida attorney, being represented by Mark Lavery, an aggressive lawyer who specializes in suing debt collectors before they have to resort to bankruptcy. Scott Crespo is not claiming he lost money to these players, but rather taking advantage of this little known law to sue on behalf of others who lost money.

They are asserting:  Sec. 28-1. Gambling. (a) A person commits gambling when he:
(1) Plays a game of chance or skill for money or other thing of value

Sec. 28-1. Gambling. (a) A person commits gambling when he:
(1) Plays a game of chance or skill for money or other thing of value

It will be interesting to see how the case, if any develops.  If any part of it is successful it will mean the end of online poker in Illinois as players would not play there with the threat of litigation and loss of all their winnings plus triple damages. The top echelons of the PPA have already been in contact with some of the aforementioned players about suitable defenses to fend off this type of absurd litigious claim.

Source: 2p2

 

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