Spartan Poker, one of India’s leading poker websites is reportedly in the centre of a legal scuffle between Pokerguru.in promoter Rajat Agarwal and promoter of the Indian Poker Championship (IPC), Amin Rozani, Glaws reports.
“Please note that PokerGuru has no control over the day-to-day operations or finances of Spartan Poker. Please exercise caution and PokerGuru has no responsibility for player funds kept on Spartan Poker,” read a notice on the Spartan Poker website on Sunday.
Earlier this year, SpartanPoker was in a controversy over charging a higher rate of ‘rake’ or ‘user fee’ than stated on the website, which outraged poker players in India. It is unclear what the genesis of the dispute between the two rival factions is, but it seems that the matter stems from alleged misuse of player deposits.
PokerGuru said it will be initiating legal action against Sameer Rattonsey, Amin Rozani, Rajeev Kanjani, Rohit Bhalla, Peter Abraham and Quadrific Media Pvt Ltd,
On the other hand, the rival promoter faction led by poker entrepreneur Amin Rozani noted that the Pokerguru faction had misused its intellectual property and they intend to launch a new poker website by the name of ‘The Spartan Poker’.
Rozani noted as follows, “It’s a misuse of Spartan property and for now we have changed the domain to TheSpartanPoker.com”
The dispute is the first major and public legal dispute in the online poker industry and it is unclear whether the player deposits and winnings will be protected, as two websites with the same name are set to be launched.