Lock Poker to Take Legal Action against Macedo

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2011. August 22.
The best known face of <em>Lock Poker,</em><strong> Eric <em>&lsquo;Rizen&rsquo;</em> Lynch</strong> mentioned in a recent blog post that the room was to<em> &ldquo;pursue legal action&rdquo; </em>against <strong>Jos&eacute; <em>&lsquo;Girah&rsquo; </em>Macedo</strong>, the Portuguese scammer.
Poker pro Eric ‘Rizen’ Lynch was promoted half a year ago to cardroom manager of Lock Poker, and was given the task to help popularize the room’s promotions and assist in product development as well as in community management.

Eric 'Rizen' Lynch
Eric 'Rizen' Lynch

As his latest assignment, Lynch was tasked with calming 2p2 forum members down, concerning the Macedo Scandal. At least, this is suggested by the fact that he had previously posted the following, empty statement about Lock suing ‘Girah’:

“Lock is currently pursuing legal action against Jose so we are unable to make a substantial comment at this time. We do realize that ongoing silence can lead to people jumping to conclusions. What happened goes against the very core of our player based philosophy and we intend on exercising our legal rights in the most severe degree. We will keep you updated as things progress”

‘Rizen’ was immediately under pressure to give some specifics, so more recently he went on to clarify Lock Poker’s intentions:

“It’s being filed in the near future, once it is the details of what exactly the purpose is will become clearer. There is still some due diligence that must be done first, but I advised it would be better to comment as best we could for now rather than stay silent.

“I was VERY clear with Lock before we released this statement that it was a bad idea unless we were actually committed to pursuing legal action, otherwise it would just look like an attempt to avoid commenting.

“I cannot control how the community decides to react to things, and given the nature and history of online poker over the last 4-5 years I certainly don’t blame people for taking anything that goes on with a heavy dose of cynicism.

“If a reasonable amount of time goes by and there are no updates and no filings then I fully expect the community to call us out on it. I think if history has taught us anything about the 2+2 community, it’s that hoping they forget about things or let them go is a bad strategy.”

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