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European Poker Tour Champion Files Lawsuit Over Failed Poker Company

Glen Chorny Claims Philippe Rouas Cheated Him In Business Deal

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Glen Chorny, the winner of the 2008 EPT Grand Final main event for a whopping $3,193,822, has filed a lawsuit in Indiana over a poker-related business venture that never got off the ground, according to a report from the IndyStar.

Chorny claims that poker player and businessman Philippe Rouas, a former restaurateur in Indianapolis, misled him when he invested $3.7 million into a poker-themed social network called Poker World Society. The lawsuit claims that Chorny was lied to about the status of the company until early 2015, when it allegedly folded years prior.

According to the lawsuit, Rouas told Chorny that he would launch an international online “lifestyle, retail and gaming brand called Poker Battle.” The company always remained a brand without a product, according to the report.

Chorny invested in 2008, the same year as his big tournament score, the report said. The lawsuit contends that Chorny was given a 10-percent stake in a company that was touted as being able to rake in $2 million a day. The financial windfall never came.

Attorneys for both parties declined comment to the IndyStar.

Chorny, who has roughly $300,000 in lifetime tournament earnings outside of his big EPT win, hasn’t cashed in a major poker tournament since March 2014. Rouas has lifetime tournament earnings of roughly $400,000. He hasn’t cashed since September 2008.