Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Poor Clonie Gowen

Let's get this party started.

You might remember back in November (before we took our sabbatical), Clonie Gowen had gone "full tilt" on Full Tilt Poker and a few other companies. She threw the gloves off and sued 'em. Never one to shy away from the big game, Gowen had a nice round dollar figure in mind: $40 million.

Back then, we had no idea what happened. For all we knew, a VP at Full Tilt might have asked her if she was pregnant.

Well, fast forward to the present. It turns out that Gowen somehow got it into her head that she owned 1% of the company. She says she was promised the stake in 2004 as compensation for promoting them.

Her lawsuit basically said:

1. The Full Tilt empire is worth $4 billion.

2. A 1% sliver equals $40 million.

3. Gimme my money.

4. Seriously, give me my money.

Full Tilt Poker probably had the same reaction as we did...

"Say WHAT?!"

And get this... apparently, it was an oral contract. Now, we don't know about you, but if our company were worth $4 billion (it's not, by the way), we sure as HELL would not make an oral contract for a stake.

In the lawsuit, Gowen further claims that she was never compensated for representing Full Tilt. Who knows if that's true or not. What we DO know is this...

Full Tilt's lawyers have filed a motion to dismiss the case. Which we assume is their way of saying to Gowen, "Yeah, right."

We suspect this tasty morsel of poker news isn't over yet. We'll keep our eyes on it.

A Follow Up On The "durrrr" Challenge

Last week, we mentioned that Thom Dwan had issued his Million Dollar Challenge. That chest-beating affair lit up the poker world like the Strip on Fight Night.

Three people have stepped forward to accept:
  • Phil Ivey (that was an easy one to call)
  • David Benyamine
  • Patrik Antonius
Benyamine's starting, Ivey's following, and Antonius is bringing up the rear. It should be an interesting event. We're rooting for Ivey.

That's it for now. Stay tuned, because there's a lot happening in the world of poker.

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