Gordon Vayo Sues PokerStars for not paying his winnings amounting

Posted by Gerry Poltorak on May 10, 2018 Posted in Poker News | No Comments »

Gordon Vayo; a professional poker player filed a lawsuit against PokerStars for not paying his dues amounting to $692,000. This is an amount he won during the 2017 SCOOP series under the screen name “holla@yoboy”. This lawsuit is pending in the US District Court for the Central District of California and this includes counts of fraud, false advertising, breach of contract and deceit. You will find the entire complaint on courthousenews.com.

Vayo is known for his runner-up finish in the 2016 WSOP Main Event for a $4.66 million score. His win in SCOOP last year is nothing to dispute as it has information surrounding the win in SCOOP #1-H $1,050 NLHE that is displayed on the PokerStars blog. The reason the score was not collected is because investigations by PokerStars are being done on the potential whereabouts of Vayo when playing in the event. PokerStars claims that Vayo might have played some or all the tournament games while in the US and this is a breach to their rules. On the other hand, Vayo says that this is not true and points out that he provided all the evidence required of his whereabouts in Canada during the period in question. 

When officials at The Star Group were asked to comment about the issue, they said that they could not comment since the information is pending litigation matters and their investigation on the matter is still under scrutiny. The spokesperson pointed out that as the operators of the most regulated poker site, they have the obligation to protect the integrity of the game and make sure that they provide a safe and fair poker platform by making sure that their terms of service are followed to the letter. He added that in this alone they have paid out more than half a billion dollars in tournaments winning and they will continue to implement rigorous security procedures to make sure that their players are protected. 

Vayo says that this is a sham investigation that is being conducted since a US citizen has won a huge amount of money. He says that they are trying to use this as a pretext to deny payments. The main problem here is that it is believed that Vayo made use of VPN during his play and PokerStars believes that it is during this period that he was in the US. 

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