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Harrah's Sues To Acquire WSOP.com Domain

WSOP, 2006-09-22, by TwoGun

Most people in the poker world know the acronym WSOP is short for the World Series of Poker. However, if you go to www.wsop.com, you will find the website for the "World Standard of Online Poker," a website owned by Federico Schiavio, a former Binion's IT manager.

The current wsop.com is in no way affiliated with Harrah's. It appears to be an online poker room in development. Wsop.com previously diverted traffic to a different online poker site.

Harrah's believes its World Series of Poker trademark entitles it to the rights for the wsop.com domain. It alleges that the current owner of the website illegaly associates the World Series of Poker brand to promote online poker.

Harrah's claims that "Schiavio's use of the WSOP mark in connection (with) the domain name WSOP.com is intended to trade off Harrah's goodwill and reputation and deceive people into thinking Internet gambling is acceptable." Please note that Harrah's is quick to lambast online poker, even though they had a PartyPoker.net ad front and center of every table at the World Series of Poker, as well as a PartyPoker.net ad as the top banner ad at www.worldseriesofpoker.com.

Harrah's acts as if it differentiates the partypoker.net brand name from the partypoker.com brand. If they are under the assumption that those domain names are perceived as totally unrelated, it certainly shouldn't be a logical leap to think that wsop can be perceived as an acronym for something other than the World Series of Poker.

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