The Epic Poker League's Ethics Committee has announced the indefinite suspension of Howard Lederer and Chris Ferguson. Both players are suspended on grounds of their involvement with Full Tilt Poker.
The Epic Poker League has announced the indefinite suspension of Howard Lederer
and Chris Ferguson
due to the players' involvement with Full Tilt Poker and the allegations brought forward this week by the U.S. Department of Justice.
The DoJ on Tuesday published an amendment to its civil complaint against Full Tilt Poker, naming among others Lederer and Ferguson as defendants, specifically in their roles as directors of Full Tilt Poker.
According to the amended complaint, the two and others were involved in paying out more than $440 million in payments to themselves as owners of the company, while failing to repay up to $300 million in player funds following Black Friday and the site's closure on June 29th.
Following a meeting in the Epic Poker League's Ethics Committee, the allegations have now resulted in Lederer and Ferguson's indefinite suspension from the league.
"The Committee voted to suspend Howard Lederer and Chris Ferguson indefinitely, pending the outcome of the Department of Justice's action," Independent Ethics Adviser to Epic Poker Stephen Martin said, according to the Epic Poker website
The committee notes that the complaint is civil and not criminal, and that the allegations are not yet proven by any authority.
Still, the committee chose to take action against the two players.
"The specificity of the allegations and the fact they came from the United States government made this the right course of action in the best interest of the players of the league," Martin added.
Epic Poker additionally informs that committee member Andy Bloch, an original member of Team Full Tilt, recused himself from consideration of the issue, and that while League Commissioner Annie Duke, sister of Howard Lederer, is a non-voting member of the committee, she does not participate in any committee decisions that involve league member discipline.