LAS VEGAS (CN) – Professional poker player Cycalona “Clonie” Gowen says she was stiffed for $40 million after lending her “celebrity” status to promote the online poker site fulltiltpoker.com. Gowen says she agreed in 2004 that “Team Full Tilt” could use her name in exchange for 1 percent ownership in the company, whose value she estimates at $4 billion.
Gowen says other members of team, including professional poker players Howard Lederer, Andrew Bloch, Phillip Ivey, Christopher Ferguson, John Juanda, Phillip Gordon, Erick Lindgren and Erik Seidel, began to receive their distributions in 2007 for playing on the team. Gowen says she got nothing.
Gowen says she was then offered $250,000 for her “past performance,” but she declined, “as it was only a fraction of what was owed to plaintiff.”
This month, Gowen says, she was told she was no longer a member of the team. She says she was never told why she wasn’t paid.
Gowen wants at least $40 million and attorney’s fees. She is represented by Robert Rosenthal with Howard and Howard.