By Matt Kaufman, Rakeback.com Poker News Editor
The poker world is mad at Howard Lederer, and most would agree it has every right to be mad. Lederer's involvement with Full Tilt Poker both before and after Black Friday likely contributed to the awful situation that the company was recently in.
After PokerStars agreed to purchase the assets of Full Tilt Poker (in a deal which will eventually allow all Full Tilt players to receive their account balances), Lederer decided it was time to start venturing back to the poker world. Specifically, he's been seen playing poker in Bobby's Room at the Bellagio and Ivey's Room at Aria.
Both rooms have had to increase security when Lederer is around due to threats, but angry players have now turned towards a more reasonable approach - they've started a petition.
The petition states:
"We, the undersigned patrons of the poker community, wish to express our deep concern with Howard Lederer playing poker in the Aria casino while currently under investigation by the Department of Justice and named as a co-conspirator in an amended civil indictment filed by the Department of Justice in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York. We are particularly concerned with playing in the same poker room with someone who, according to the allegations in the above referenced amended civil indictment, knowingly conspired to commit acts of fraud and money laundering with regards to Full Tilt online poker players money.
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 in Aria casino."
What do you think about the petition? Does the casino actually have a "moral and ethical obligation" to ban Lederer? Or should Aria ignore the petition because Lederer hasn't been convicted of anything?
If you do think he should be banned and you wish to sign the petition, you can do so by clicking here.
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