A group of cash game grinders, led by Las Vegas pro Nick DiVella, are doing everything in their power to get former Full Tilt Poker owner Howard Lederer, who made a public return to poker last month, banned from the Aria poker room in Las Vegas.
The group are trying to achieve this by handing out a petition and gathering signatures. Nick DiVella claims that over 50 well-known poker players are interested to sign the list, and he wants poker players to boycott the casino if they don't ban Lederer.
"We believe the casino has a moral and ethical obligation to bar Howard Lederer from playing in the poker room and should Aria casino fail to take immediate action we, the poker playing community, will be forced to boycott the poker room," the petition reads in part.
According to a poker news site, DiVella has already managed to get a 45-minute meeting with some of the casino management at the Aria and they told him they will be taking his concerns to upper management. After this meeting DiVella twittered "as of right now the poker room must stay neutral on the situation".
very good move, i wouldn't want to be sitting with this guy at the table too- he is a piece of sh1t & if you sit next to him you might get smelly too. hope that he will be banned from live poker in whole vegas- of course there is an old effective method to ban him from live poker- kick his ass so badly that he couldn't sit on the chair...looool
It makes all sense. It's obvious the reason why they are moving this way, if his name is involved in such big dirty thing like Blakc Friday, who's the guy that wants to have him at the same table? I really can't understand why did he even started so sson to go again to a casino to play... some guys don't ever look at the mirror...
he definitely doesn't deserve to be allowed in any poker room with the money he stole from players who, as result from his actions can now not play poker until the US authorities give them that money back. he's got some balls i'll give him that
I know some poker pro's are supportive of HW and are withholding judgment until the criminal proceedings are complete, they seem more than happy to play him in any fair live game. Others, as per above, obviously feel very strongly that the proof is in the accusation and HW, as a director of the companies indicted is directly culpable, which seems a bit like, guilty until proven innocent. After reading this news article, I attempted to read some of the official court filling's and the back up of such, the whole issue seems to stem from around 2008, when spokes were put in the wheels by the US DOJ, limiting and reducing what seems like legitimate transactions from individual US based player, the risk of money laundering (Illegal payoffs, cleaning cash) and wire fraud (Hiding income, reducing tax and or liability) acted as the basis for this action. Full Tilt, Pokerstars et al, should of, in my opinion, have immediately halted any US player's from playing, depositing and withdrawing any funds and then scheduled pro rata, if required refunds to any and all US based players, all directors fee's, profit (real or forecast) share and bonus payment should immediately be suspended, the subsequent continued service and the funds being frozen mid-stream stymied Full Tilt, Pokerstars et al to cover the “Legitimate winnings” of the US based players. How much each of the individual directors knew or were involved with the day-to-day finances may, at the end of the day reveal culpability, until then, I am going to withhold my judgment on any one individual. With regard to HW purchasing a large property, his legitimate winnings seem to have been able to afford him that ability, based on his previous, real, live winnings. I truly hope that the truth will out and if HW or any other entity involved performed any illegal act(s). Aside from the "Gambling" dispute which at it's core, is more about definition than cause, e.g. If I was a US based player and wanted to play some poker, I would expect a rake or tournament fee to be part of the deal, do I consider poker "gambling"? No, it is a skill sport/pastime. I would love to have the US players back in the game and any and all truly guilty parties brought to task.