It has been reported by Forbes that 2016 World Series of Poker November Niner Gordon Vayo has filed a law suit against PokerStars for around $700,000.
Vayo won the PokerStars Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) last year and is still waiting to be paid.
PokerStars says that they will not pay out as Vayo, an American citizen, because he could have been playing SCOOP on US soil which would be against the site’s terms. Vayo on the other hand has evidence that he was in Canada (where you can legally play online poker on the dot-com market) during that time, so he contends he is owed his winnings.
Vayo told Forbes: “I am deeply disappointed it has come to this, but feel that taking legal action is necessary to protect my rights as well as those of other PokerStars players who are in my situation, but may not have the means to get their message out and protect themselves against the unwarranted bullying tactics that I have experienced during this ordeal.”
“We cannot comment on pending litigation matters and our investigation into this particular matter is ongoing,” a spokesperson for The Stars Group went on to say via press release. “However, as operator of the most regulated poker site in the world we believe that we have a duty to protect the integrity of the game and ensure we provide a safe and fair poker platform by enforcing our terms of service. We have paid out over half a billion dollars in tournaments winnings this year alone and will continue to implement rigorous security procedures to protect our players.”
Read the full article over on Forbes for all the details.