Ex-PokerStars Employee Dodges Prison Time

Paul Tate avoided a date with a US prison cell after turning himself in to US authorities for his role as the payments director at PokerStars during the Black Friday-era. Tate stood in front of US District Judge Lewis Kaplan in a Manhattan court room on Monday to face the music for his role in…

PokerStars CFO Hints at Pullout from Austrlian Market

PokerStars could be pulling out of the lucrative Australian gambling market as soon as this week if a new bill cracking down on grey market operators passes into law. The proposed measure, an amendment to the Interactive Gambling Act of 2011 (IGA), would close loopholes that allowed PokerStars, and other major operators, to operate in…

PokerStars Unveils Expected VIP Club Changes for 2017

PokerStars began unveiling new policies for its VIP Club that are set to be implemented in 2107. The massive changes are part of a larger effort to attract more recreational players to the PokerStars ecosystem without alienating their highest rollers. It's a delicate balancing act and, so far, those VIPS aren't very happy with the…

Black Friday Lives: Former PokerStars Employee Pleads Guilty to Illegal Gambling

Late last week, a former PokerStars employee plead guilty to a single illegal gambling charge that date back to the Black Friday investigation of 2011. Paul Tate, 42, stated his plea to U.S. Magistrate Judge Barbara Moses in a New York court room. Tate is now facing a sentencing in the case on November 21…

Marcel Luske Sues PokerStars Over Rules Dispute

Dutch poker star Marcel Luske is suing online poker giant, PokerStars in a dispute over who actually owns the rules to poker. The suit, which was filed in Nevada, alleges "fraud and/or misrepresentation" by the poker giant in their use of Luske's publication,¬†International Poker Rules. Luske, who is one of poker's biggest stars, has long…

California Indian Tribes Call for 10-Year PokerStars Ban

California's powerful tribal interest are dead set on keeping PokerStars out of the Golden State online gambling market. Recently, a seven-tribe coalition called for lawmakers to impose a 10-year ban and a $60 million fine on the online poker behemoth before allowing it to enter the regulated California online gambling market. (The fact that there…

1500 PokerStars Claims Denied in Latest Remittance Round

The Department of Justice is just saying, "No," to 1500 PokerStars remittance claims. This most recent batch of claims includes a large number of affiliates who aren't likely to ever see money they earned for sending players to PokerStars in the heady pre-Black Friday online poker boom. For this unlucky group, the options for filing…

PokerStars Implements New (Already Unpopular) Rake Plan

Beginning March 28, 2016, PokerStars will be implementing a host of new pricing policies that are aimed at the online poker world's prodigious shark population. The new policies include a hefty rake increase and are not particularly popular with the professional poker playing community. Some highlights from the new plan, which was announced on PokerStars'…

PokerStars.fr Exits Austrian Online Gambling Market

PokerStars.fr is bidding, "Adieu" to its Austrian based players. The move comes in the wake of a new value added tax (VAT) that's set to shave an additional 20% off the company's take. News of PokerStars.fr's Austrian exit broke earlier this week, but the decision to leave has been brewing since 2007. That's when new…

Latest PokerStars Boycott Even Less Effective Than the First One

It's beginning to look as if boycotting PokerStars isn't a particularly effective tool for convincing the online poker giant to change their VIP policies. This revelation comes as he second organized boycott of the company in a month failed miserably. The most recent PokerStars boycott by high-stakes players was set to take effect on January…