Lawsuit For Poker Players Rights
Organized by: Joseph Stiers
This lawsuit will be based around what happened to me, but my goal is to change to clarify the law so that this can never happen to anyone again. I have spoken to multiple lawyers and we have a very strong case, but Caesar's has a history of dragging out these kind of cases to make them as difficult as possible to pursue. I have a strong team of lawyers on board that will pursue this for around $75,000.
On Dec 27th 2014, I was unlawfully removed from a poker tournament at Horseshoe Casino in Baltimore. I was told I had to leave in the middle of the tournament and I would not be given a refund because I was suspected of being a card counter at blackjack, which is entirely legal (I was never even asked once not to pay blackjack). I chose to wait for the police, believing this was a violation of my civil rights in addition to theft of my $350 buyin. The police did not give me any violation and told me I needed to talk to the Maryland Gaming Commission about getting my refund. The Maryland Gaming commision ruled I had done nothing wrong and forced Horseshoe to refund my money. Yet, as a result of waiting for the police, the casino decided to institute a lifetime ban from playing at all Caesar's Properties including the World Series of Poker(WSOP) in Las Vegas, for defying their authority.
This careless decision essentially voids my career as a poker player that I have worked the last 9 years at for the sole purpose of competing in the WSOP. I have confirmed with multiple lawyers in this field that we have a strong case, based on the facts of what happened, existing Public Accommodations laws, and the impact it has on my career. Caesar's side is basing it's case on a stance that a private property can ban any individual for no reason. This stance has already been defeated in New Jersey, but I have been told to pursue it properly I need $50,000-$100,000 because Caesar's has a history of dragging out these cases through multiple appeals to bleed their opponents dry.
I cannot emphasize enough, how cruel their corporation has been throughout this entire process. I tried to work this out diplomatically for months and was never able to get an honest conversation out of anyone; just lies and deception and false promises. I find it astonishing after all the time, money and dedication we put into competing and promoting the WSOP, we as poker players truly have no rights at all. As the law stands this can happen to anyone for no reason at all. We need to correct that with a strong precedent.
I have already spent $7000 of my own money trying to work with their lawyers to settle this to no avail. I intend to spend more of my own money on this. I no longer have any desire to settle this with Caesar's. The goal of this fundraiser is to correct/clarify this law so they no longer have the legal right to arbitrarily discriminate who can and cannot play poker in the WSOP and on their properties.
We will move forward with this case as soon as we get to $20,000 in donations. Thank you for you very much for your support. After what they have put me through, it really means a lot to me.