Jesus And The Poker Prof Suspended From Epic Poker LeagueSeptember 22, 2011 6:41 am
Full Tilt Poker board of directors Howard “The Poker Professor” Lederer and Chris “Jesus” Ferguson have now been suspended by the recently formed Epic Poker League (EPL) in response to the latest accusations levelled against them by the Department Of Justice.
The two men now stand accused, along with Ray Bitar and Rafe Furst, of defrauding Full Tilt Poker players out of $443 million and so are now facing a civil complaint for money laundering by federal prosecutors.
As a result, on Wednesday EPL Chairman of the Standards and Conduct Committee Stephen Martin released the following statement:
“The Committee voted to suspend Howard Lederer and Chris Ferguson indefinitely, pending the outcome of the Department of Justice’s action.”
Both men had withdrawn from this year’s WSOP after Full Tilt’s problems started impinging on the poker pro’s public perception. As far as the EPL is concerned, Howard Lederer was in receipt of an EPL player’s card but chose not to participate in either of the first two events, while Chris Ferguson, although previously eligible, had yet to complete the required forms.
The EPL decision was reached after a vote was held by its committee comprising Stephen Martin, Matt Savage, Eric Baldwin, Andy Bloch, Chad Brown, Joe Hachem, Mike McDonald, Nick Schulman and Alec Torelli. Howard Lederer’s sister Annie Duke also sits on the committee, but as a non-voting member.
The newly formed Epic Poker League is aiming to become the PGA Tour of the poker world, and commenting on the formation of its Standards and Conduct Committee, Stephen Martin said:
“The goal of the EPL is to put the players first and to build the professionalism of the sport so that the entire poker community benefits. In order to raise poker to the levels of a legitimately recognized national sport, there must be a disciplinary body that takes action against those who are going to bring harm to the game.”