PokerStars Says Playing Online Poker From the USA is Risky Business

Published Wednesday, November 02, 2011 -

US poker players who were stung by the US Department of Justice crackdown on online poker and had accounts frozen couldn’t stay away from their favourite game and continued to risk it all have been dealt another setback. PokerStars members from America have had their accounts frozen by the firm yet again. Those playing through a virtual private network are violating the rules set out by the Department of Justice which states there will be no play originating from the US jurisdiction.

The agreement between PokerStars and the D of J is clear, Point 5.11 says, ‘Residents of the United States and United States Territories are not permitted to make deposits into their accounts or engage in real-money play. They may cash out their existing account balances. Residents of other nations are not permitted to engage in real-money play while located in the United States. Any attempt to circumvent the restrictions on play by residents of the U.S. or U.S. Territories, and by residents of other nations while located in the United States, is a breach of this Agreement. An attempt at circumvention includes, but is not limited to, manipulating the information used by PokerStars to identify your location and providing PokerStars with false or misleading information regarding your residence.’

Virtual Private Networks  are supposed to create a safe haven for those in the US wanting to play. The problem was found in the connection when players have temporarily disconnect their true location is revealed and thus leaves them vulnerable to the freezing of their accounts. PokerStars has issued a warning that, ‘Real money play is not allowed from within the US under any circumstances. Players who attempt to play for real money from inside the US with the aid of VPNs or other technical workarounds will lose their playing privileges and/or funds in their account.’
It has become obvious playing in the United States is risky and the Department of Justice is not letting up.



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