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(Ro)Bot Use In Online Casino Gambling Goes To Court

The Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Los Angeles will be hearing a case in which two poker professionals are accused of using a bot, or robot, to play online casino games. The two men, Lary Kennedy and Greg Omotoy, won $80,000 while playing at Full Tilt Poker, an online gaming website. The company claims the two men used robots to win the money rather than using their own skill.

robot-poker-1.jpgOn the flip side, the two men claim that the company itself was the one using bots at the website. Robots have been used in many types of skill games, to pit human against robot. The most well known of these situations was with Deep Blue, a chess playing robot that was able to beat Garry Kasparov, the 1997 Chess World Champion. The machines perform the task of calculating moves endlessly, without tiring.

Kennedy and Omotoy have filed a lawsuit against Full Tilt Poker, and the numerous owners of the company. The claims include Fraud, RICO, Relief Under the California Business Professions Code Section 17200, Unjust Enrichment, Libel and Slander.

The lawsuit claims that the owners played a role in the coding, creation and the use of the bots to fill tables that would allow them to increase their revenue. The two allege that the use of bots is strictly prohibited by Full Tilt Poker’s terms of service. They are seeking restitution in monetary and non monetary forms. Compliments of you will find a copy of the lawsuit HERE.

This case is another in the lineup that is nearly forcing regulation of online gambling. Although Full Tilt Poker has been involved in other cases over the last few years, it is unclear which direction the court will go when hearing this particular case.

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