Canadian poker pro Mike “Timex” McDonald had his PokerStars account temporarily banned earlier this week for apparently “joking” about playing real money online poker on PokerStars from the United States.
Poker’s Justin Bieber posted a pic of himself playing a $25 buy-in NLHE 6-Max Hyper-Turbo tournament.Unfortunately for Timex, a Twitter follower “reported” him to the online poker room. PokerStars subsequently banned his account privileges, provoking the following tweet:
While the original tweet, with the mention of “time at the pool,” may have suggested that Timex was at the World Series and thus playing from the US, there’s no suggestion he is in the country.
The ban was ultimately lifted by Stars Global VIP Host Garry Gates.
PokerStars withdrew from the US market following Black Friday, and goes to great lengths to enforce these rules—even if at times its a little overzealous.
Tip of the hat to our Spanish friends over at Poker10 for spotting this first!