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PokerStars faces US lawsuit over prize refusal

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Pro poker player Gordon Vayo is suing PokerStars for “pattern of fraudulent and unlawful conduct” for not letting him collect his own winnings.

Gordon Vayo has taken PokerStars to court over a “pattern of fraudulent and unlawful conduct.” He argues that Poker Stars broke the law after it didn’t let him collect winnings from a high-stakes tournament back in May 2017.

After a U.S. citizen or resident wins a significant amount of money on PokerStars, Defendant conducts a sham investigation into the user’s activities and the location of the user’s access of the site, placing the onus on the player to retroactively prove that it is ‘inconceivable’ that his or her play could have originated from within the U.S., in order to gin up a pretext to deny payment. In this way, Defendant takes the money of Plaintiff and other users of the PokerStars.com site with impunity while depriving the same users of their largest winnings if and when they occur.” – reads the lawsuit.

Gordon Vayo was the 2016 WSOP main event runner-up, and relocated to Canada temporarily several times in order to regularly play on PokerStars. Although he stated that he was using a VPN for the 2017 tournament.

When Vayo was ready to cash in on his winnings, and after PokerStars noticed that VPN, his account was immediately frozen and the company asked for proof that he was playing from Canada when he won around US$700,000. Vayo claimed that he used the VPN for “other Internet activity” but PokerStars didn’t buy his words and opposed his claim over the prize.

 

Source: focusgn.com

George Miller started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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Sport betting to begin in Rhode Island casino in December

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Twin River Casino in Lincoln in the US state of Rhode Island will starts sports betting in December.

The casino will open a well-equipped sports betting lounge, with screens showing live games and odds from around the country. “I see folks coming from Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire,” said Mike Barlow, who heads up operations for the company that owns both of Rhode Island’s casinos.

Rhode Island is among the first jurisdictions legalised sports betting. With Massachusetts and other north-eastern neighbours still debating the issue, Rhode Island lawmakers this summer approved sports betting at the state’s casinos, Twin River and Tiverton Casino Hotel.

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Puerto Rico to make slots outside casinos legal

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Puerto Rico’s legislator has approved a tax reform that makes slot machines outside casinos legal, in spite of the controversy surrounding the move.

Both the House of Representatives and the Senate approved the bill and Governor Ricardo Roselló put his signature make the bill into a law.

The Financial Oversight & Management Board for Puerto Rico had raised concerns against the move, as it argued that these machines would eat into the revenues of casinos, which indirectly funds government programmes. The organisation’s chief executive Natalie Jaresko had criticised the government’s plan and said that the board had not seen evidence that the video lottery proposal would not eat into other island revenue streams.

Even as it was highly questioned, the piece of legislation is expected to be signed into law by Governor Roselló, who repeatedly voiced his support for it and said he was “satisfied” with the plan and that “if there are no hurdles ahead, I’ll sign the bill.” He also explained that “should any obstacles come up (…) we’ll have to fix them fast.”

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Hard Rock and Kindred confirmed for inaugural Betting on Sports America

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Hard Rock International, Kindred Group, Missouri Lottery, Mississippi Gaming Commission, Foxwoods, Webis Holdings and the National Council on Problem Gambling are just some of the key industry organisations to be represented across seven conference tracks at next year’s inaugural Betting on Sports America (23-25 April 2019).

Super Early Bird tickets are now available for #bosamerica, which is set to become the biggest sports betting dedicated event to take place on American soil. All the ‘Super Early Birds’ who purchase tickets before Friday 21 December will get $300 off the full ticket price.

Headline sponsored by SG Digital, Inbet Games and BetConstruct, it will kick off with a pre-registration party near the heart of the “Big Apple” – Times Square on 23 April, then cross the Hudson River to Meadowlands Exposition Center for the two-day conference and exhibition (24-25 April), before returning to Manhattan for a spectacular closing party.

Just a short trip from New York, the Meadowlands venue will host over 1,500 delegates and 60 exhibitors across 61,000 sq ft of exhibition space, as well as 175 leading industry speakers including Keith Whyte, Executive Director for the NCPG, and Ed Comins, Managing Director of Webis Holdings – operator of WatchandWager.com.

Whyte said: “It’s a great opportunity to advocate for responsible gambling with key stakeholders in the sports betting sector, but also to learn about the latest trends and products from industry leaders and develop mutually beneficial partnerships.”

Comins added: “I can’t wait to play a part in the inaugural Betting on Sports America. I’m particularly pleased about horse racing’s inclusion in the conference agenda. There is no doubting there are opportunities for the sport, but it needs to be positioned in the right way to fit the new environment.”

The lineup also includes Kresimir Spajic (Hard Rock International), May Scheve (Missouri Lottery), Allen Godfrey (Mississippi Gaming Commission), Andrew Winchell (Chief of Staff to New York State Senator), Chris Grove (Legal Sports Report), Daniel Wallach (Wallach Legal LLC), Manuel Stan (Kindred Group) and Seth Young (PointsBet).

These speakers will be spread across the following conference tracks – Betting on Regulation, Sport in Focus, Trading & Operations, Sponsorship & Marketing, Sports & Betting, States of the Nation and Demystifying Sports Betting covering a multitude of the most important issues and providing vital insights and inspiration for delegates.

On the first day, Betting on Regulation will look at lessons learned from other regulated markets and why Nevada is living proof that an individual state can successfully police sports betting, while Sport in Focus will assess the tribal response and whether the outdated Wire Act should be completely reworked to provide a future-proof regulatory framework.

Trading & Operations will consider the most crucial components to the supply chain, what’s next for DFS now that sports betting has stolen its thunder, and why effective geolocation is essential to staying compliant with state laws. Meanwhile, Sponsorship & Marketing will discuss boosting ROI, the advantage of individuality within ambassadorial appointments, the role of affiliates in the new market and the power of social media influencers.

On day two, the first ‘March Madness’ since PASPA was repealed will be reviewed during ‘Sports & Betting’, a track which will also cover the future of horse racing in the country and the best approach to taking bets on college football without endangering its players.

States of the Nation will put the spotlight on New Jersey as a land of opportunity and discuss lessons learned for the next wave of legal sports betting adopters, including New York, while Demystifying Sports Betting will look at opportunities presented by pool betting, the role of the blockchain, and why virtual sports are not just an introduction to the world of betting.

Super Early Bird tickets for the inaugural Betting on Sports America conference are available for just $399 (+VAT), but only until 14 December. To secure the exclusive discount get your discounted tickets HERE now.

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