Pro player Gordon "holla @ yoboy" Vayo, on May 2, filed a lawsuit in the US District Court of Central California against the largest online poker room in the world PokerStars, in which he claims that the establishment is illegally opposing the withdrawal of funds from his gambling account, won him at the tournament last May. Mr. Vayo’s most famous achievement is his second place in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) main event in 2016, which earned him $ 4.66 million. Mr. Vayo’s total tournament winnings are over $ 6.23 million.

The lawsuit was based on his $ 692,000 cash prize he won in the $ 1,050 No-Limit Hold’em tournament held last year as part of the Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP). However, the institution refused to pay him the winnings, based on an internal investigation. According to the rules of the online poker room, “Upon winning a significant cash prize by a US citizen or resident, the institution conducts an official investigation of the user’s activity prior to the win in order to identify the geographic location of the points from which the user accessed the online institution, since users must have access to games exclusively from those state entities where it does not contradict local legislation. "

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Mr. Vayo has officially acknowledged his use of a virtual private network (VPN) during the period under review, but insists that he used the VPN for purposes in no way related to his activity on PokerStars. Of course, the institution does not satisfy the arguments presented. The situation is aggravated by the fact that Mr. Vayo’s residence in Ottawa (Canada) is temporary, and his second place of residence is Las Vegas (Nevada, USA). In his lawsuit, Mr. Vayo also emphasizes that "the site system provided him with access to games, despite the fact that he was not a permanent resident of Canada." All the previous years, Mr. Vayo was completely satisfied with the service at PokerStars, but that was only until May 2017 when he won the SCOOP2017 tournament. Mr. Vayo left the received winnings for two months on his gambling account, which he constantly used during this period too. However, when Mr. Vayo attempted to withdraw his winnings on July 25, 2017, PokerStars blocked his account and required him to confirm that he was in Canada, not the United States, at the time he took part in the tournament. Mr. Vayo considered the establishment of such a detailed investigation and collection of information to be an attempt to evade payment of his winnings. By the way, the story of Mr. Vayo, unfortunately, is not unique, since in 2016 there was already an incident when a user, whose name was not disclosed, faced a similar situation, trying to get $ 140,000 from his gambling account, in response to which PokerStars froze him check. Ultimately, that player managed to withdraw his funds.

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