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MONTREAL —A Canadian class-action lawsuit against the online gambling site Full Tilt Poker has been launched in Montreal.
The suit, which has to be authorized by a Quebec judge before proceeding, could benefit Canadian gamblers who saw their accounts with the site frozen following a U.S. crackdown on Internet poker sites this summer.
In April, Full Tilt held about $150 million of its players' money, the court documents said.
Canadian patrons had between $5 million and $10 million withheld when Full Tilt shut down its online card rooms to all players on June 29, said lawyer Jeff Orenstein, who estimates 10 per cent of the company's players were Canadian.
Orenstein, of Consumer Law Group Inc., filed the class action with Quebec Superior Court.
In April, the U.S. Justice Department charged Full Tilt and its founders with illegal gambling and fraud.
Canadian players were still able to play until June 29, when the gaming commission of Alderney suspended Full Tilt's licence.
For further information about the class action, go to www.clg.org
— Postmedia News