The Dispute Between Quebec Poker League And Loto Quebec Leads To Court Action
Tuesday, 26. July 2011

An ongoing dispute between the Quebec Poker Tournament League (LTGQ) and state operated Loto Quebec has reached the Canadian Superior Court and the outcome could have a negative effect on Canadian poker players.

The two groups entered into a partnership deal through the Lot Quebec espacejeux.com online poker room. The LTGQ recently released a statement on the group’s website regarding sponsorship and service payments missing from Loto Quebec. Loto Quebec has since begun legal action against the LTGQ stating that the public accusations made by the LTGQ have damaged the reputation of Loto Quebec. As such, Loto Quebec is suing the LTGQ and its owner, Andrew Boyer.

Andrew Boyer is a fairly well known Canadian poker pro. Boyer holds a World Series Of Poker (WSOP) bracelet for his victory in the 2005 WSOP $3,000 No Limit Hold’em event. Boyer provided commentary for Reseaus Des Sports’ coverage of the 2003-2008 WSOP. Boyer was instrumental in the development of the LTGQ.

Loto Quebec has yet to make a statement regarding the controversy and will only do so once the Superior Court has reached a decision. The LTPQ has withdrawn the statement in question from their website until the conclusion of the litigation.

Between the security breach suffered by PlayNow.com and this legal mess involving espacejeux.com, it would appear that the Canadian government’s entrance into the world of online gaming is nothing short of shaky. Perhaps it would be best to regulate gaming but leave the actual operation to the private sector.

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