The Quebec Poker Tournament League (LTPQ) was born from a partnership between the Corporation des Propriétaires de Bars, Brasseries et Tavernes du Québec (CPBBTQ), l’Association des Joueurs de Tournois de Poker du Québec (AJTPQ) and Gestion Poker Tour, leader in the organization of poker events in Quebec. The LTPQ is a free poker tournament league, whose goal is to offer a chance to anyone, aged 18 or more, to hone their skills playing poker and win prizes.
However, the relations between the Province run company Loto-Québec and Quebec Poker Tournament League (LTPQ) are currently less than amicable. The Quebec Poker Tournament League (LTPQ) has been forced to suspend all operations as a result of a dispute with Loto-Quebec.
The dispute arose from a promotion disagreement between LTPQ and Loto Quebec’s online gambling site espacejeux.com. LTPQ previously posted on their website that Loto-Quebec had acted in bad faith over service and sponsorship payments that were to be made to LTPQ.
Loto-Quebec responded with legal action citing damage to its reputation and a claim of CAD175 000 against the league and its owner, Andre Boyer.
While Loto-Quebec has declined to comment on the matter pending a decision by the court, LTPQ has posted the following statement on their website:
“…We received a formal notice from Loto-Québec lawyers asking us to withdraw our statement, posted on this site on July 14th. Failing to do so would incur injunction proceedings, instituted to obligate us. This would be a second lawsuit from Loto-Québec.
To avoid charges that could be significant and thus delay the return to the normal operations of the league, we decided, on the recommendation of our lawyers to withdraw the statement in question, making sure that we will argue our position before the court in due course…We are forced to suspend the activities of the league until further notice.”