There is now a webpage devoted specifically to the lawsuit filed against the World Poker Tour by 7 of the top poker players in the world. You can find the text of the complaint here. I haven’t had much of a chance to go over it yet, and I know next to nothing about antitrust law, but perhaps some of the legal eagles here can shed some light on the issue. At issue, essentially, is whether the WPT can require the players to sign away all rights to their own likeness in order to play in a WPT event, even if the WPT uses that likeness to promote something other than the tournament or the TV show. For instance, under the standard contract they require players to sign, they can use the player’s image to promote their video game or their poker website. But many of those players, including all of the ones in the lawsuit, have endorsement deals with other online poker sites or other poker video games, which effectively locks them out from playing WPT events. If the WPT is smart – and it appears they’re not – they would capitulate on this one fast. They’re preventing a whole bunch of the biggest names in poker from playing in their tournaments, which inevitably drives down ratings for the show. Whatever small benefit they get from the ability to use the players’ likenesses to promote the video game or online site is surely offset by the decreased viewership that comes from not having those players around.