Lederer and Ferguson Suspended from Epic Poker League

Lederer and Ferguson will be sidelined in EPL events pending the outcome of the civil complaint against Full Tilt Poker.

The Epic Poker League announced this afternoon that they have suspended Howard Lederer and Chris Ferguson indefinitely following the US Attorney’s amendment to the civil complaint against Full Tilt Poker.

Epic Poker’s Standards and Conduct Committee decided that the amendment, which names Howard Lederer and Chris Ferguson as directors of Full Tilt Poker, constitutes a breach of the EPL’s Player’s Code of Conduct.

“The Committee voted to suspend Howard Lederer and Chris Ferguson indefinitely, pending the outcome of the Department of Justice’s action,” said Committee Chairman Stephen Martin, a former federal prosecutor who now acts as the Independent Ethics Advisor to Epic Poker.

In a story explaining the decision, Martin expanded on the factors that went into the committee’s decision, citing the specificity of the charges and the fact they came from the US government as key reasons behind the suspension.

Martin went on to add that should the civil complaint be further amended, the EPL committee will consider additional disciplinary action.

Andy Bloch, who serves on the committee, recused himself from consideration of the issue.

Annie Duke, sister of Howard Lederer, serves as commissioner of the Epic Poker League.

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