World Poker Tour Boycott Ends

Chris Ferguson, well known in the poker world for his black hat, long hair, and amazing knack for numbers, said today that he and other professional poker players are excited to participate once again in WPT events.

A tentative agreement has been made in the case that originally involved Andy Bloch, Annie Duke, Chris ‘Jesus’ Ferguson, Phil Gordon, Greg Raymer, Joe Hachem, and Howard Lederer vs. the World Poker Tour (WPT).

On July 19th 2006, the above seven poker players filed an antitrust complaint against WPT Enterprises, INC. (WPTE). In the lawsuit the plaintiffs claimed ‘treble and punitive damages’ for the WPTE’s alleged antitrust violations.

In short, they didn’t agree with the wording used in a document players of WPT events were made to sign before admittance into poker tournaments.

Spokespersons from the World Poker Tour said this week in a press release that the wording, that was said by the players to be in conflict with their endorsement deals, will be changed.

The new wording has not as of yet been released, however, Chris Ferguson was present and accounted for, battling it out for the WPT Championship being held at the Bellagio hotel and casino in Las Vegas Nevada.

According to the press release, the WPTE denies any wrongdoing, and any liability, however, in effort to settle differences with poker players, and refocus on the companies growth, rather than litigation, they are willing to make the change.

Founder and CEO of the WPT said “We are glad to put this dispute behind us, and we look forward to working with all players to grow the sport of poker.”

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