DOJ Adds Lederer, Ferguson, Furst to Online Poker Civil Complaint

by , Sep 20, 2011 | 5:05 pm

So much to say on this latest development … which has two former “heroes” of poker on the front page of CNN for their involvement with criminal activity. About to go on QuadJacks to discuss it live.

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In the meantime, and while you’re listening, here’s the DOJ press release that calls Full Tilt Poker a $440 million Ponzi scheme.

And here’s the actual crime novel of the DOJ-SDNY’s proposed amendment to the complaint.

And read below for a statement from the PPA, calling on the DOJ not to forget about the players as they continue to shut it all down.

PPA Statement on DOJ Amendment to Online Poker Civil Suit

Washington, DC (September 20, 2011) – John Pappas, executive director of the Poker Players Alliance (PPA), the leading poker grassroots advocacy group with more than one million members nationwide, issued the following statement upon today’s amended Department of Justice civil suit claiming that Full Tilt Poker was engaged in a “Ponzi scheme” and defrauded its players.

“This is a sad and disappointing day for American poker players.  If true, these allegations detail a massive betrayal of player trust which will cause financial hardship for thousands, if not millions, of individual poker players, none of whom are accused of doing anything wrong.  We call on the Department of Justice to certify that the proceeds of any settlement or seizure that may result from this action will first be dedicated to reimbursing players.  We further call on Full Tilt Poker, its management, directors and owners to take all available steps to ensure the prompt payment of players as their first priority.

“Since Black Friday on April 15th, the PPA has vocally called for Full Tilt Poker to refund player balances.  We also issued a guide to our players which provided them legal guidance on what they could do to recover their funds.  These new government allegations underscore the sincere need for Congress to act immediately to pass legislation that appropriately regulates Internet poker in the U.S. so that players can be protected from the types of abuses alleged by the Department of Justice today.  Today’s news does not change the mission of the PPA – to make player reimbursements and effective federal or state licensing of Internet poker a priority.”

To view the PPA legal guide referenced above, please visit

About The Poker Players Alliance

The Poker Players Alliance (  is a nonprofit membership organization comprised of over 1,000,000 online and offline poker players and enthusiasts from around the United States who have joined together to speak with one voice to promote the game and to protect poker players’ rights.

3 Comments to “DOJ Adds Lederer, Ferguson, Furst to Online Poker Civil Complaint”

  1. peteywheats

    Time to maybe update”From Zero to HeroI’m almost a year into an experiment on Full Tilt Poker. I’m attempting to turn $0 into a $10,000 bankroll. With no money to start with, I had no choice but to…”
    I really miss full tilt and poker stars. I play free poker on a mac and cannot find a good site to play on anymore that is Free Money & Mac & USA available. tips anyone? 

  2. Dan Michalski

    Im hooked on zynga for the iPhone.

    – DM

    via iPhone

  3. peteywheats

    i cant play these facebook “social” poker sites just a bunch of donkeys goin all in for 5 hands when they are in the toilet. I hate all the “bonus” chips they randomly give people…You shoul olny be getting chips if you’ve busted out, or won them playinh poker  >:°{