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You Could Get $300 From Loto-Québec Thanks To This New Class Action Suit

The class action is aimed at online poker platforms.
A Class Action Against Loto-Québec Wants $300 For People Affected By An 'Unfair Advantage'

If you're a poker fan, you've probably turned to popular online platforms to play. If that's the case, you could be included in a new class action against Loto-Québec. An application filed in the Quebec Superior Court on June 1 alleges that a defect in Loto-Québec's online Texas Hold'em poker platform benefited certain users.

On the Espacejeux and OK Poker sites, players using an iPad, and possibly any iOS device, were able to "see their opponent's two 'pockets' of cards after a hand" even if they didn't wish to show their cards.

This loophole existed until the evening of May 18, 2020.

"These users obtained information about other players without their knowledge and therefore had an unfair advantage over users using non-iOS devices," the application reads.

People who played on a laptop or desktop computer, therefore, might not have had equal "access to the same information when it came to consulting 'hand histories' on Loto-Québec platforms."

The class action covers anyone who paid money to play Texas Hold'em Poker on Espacejeux and/or OK Poker up to and including May 18. All residents of Canada may be included.

The claim asserts that the members of the class action have been deceived by Loto-Québec and the consent they gave to the company to play its games has been voided.

It also states that the Crown corporation continues to violate the Consumer Protection Act by not informing its users of the breach.

Players with the loophole advantage have furthermore been able to keep track of their opponents' strategies by following their usernames, which, the class action says, have not been changed by Loto-Québec.

The action seeks the reimbursement of all amounts paid by the plaintiffs on the platforms as well as $300 in punitive damages for each member.

Loto-Québec is also asked to change the usernames of all members in order to put the players back on an equal footing.

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To register in the action, simply fill out the form available on the website of the firm LPC Avocat Inc., which is leading the action.

The application is currently awaiting a hearing before the Court to be authorized.

This article was originally published in French on Narcity Québec.

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