Litigation between poker monolith PokerStars and 2016 World Series of Poker, November Niner Gordon Vayo rumbles on.
Vayo first filed a court order back in May 2018 as he is still waiting for PokerStars to pay out on his 2017 SCOOP winnings of $700,000.
However, PokerStars claim Vayo was in California, United States (rather than in Canada, which is claimed by Vayo) making the winnings ill-gotten-gains—as online poker is still illegal in the state of California.
Thanks to CardPlayer we have found out that a hearing on PokerStars’ motion to dismiss the case will be held on November 6.
There is plenty of “he said/ she said” to wade through but it seems like PokerStars has proof Vayo was not in Canada and was in fact in California.
Apparently the online poker operator ran “geolocation analysis” that proves Vayo logged in more than 50 times from a Californian IP address—which on the surface looks pretty damning.
However, Vayo’s lawyers has called the case a 'sham investigation’ and a 'witch hunt’, so will presumably be disputing the veracity of such evidence.
In an additional twist, PokerStars are hoping to move the case to the Isle of Man, if it gets that far—which Vayo is opposing due to how ensconced igaming is within the fabric of the Isle of Man.
He does have a point.