PokerStars has withdrawn from a host of gray market nations in the centre East and Africa. (Image: gulf2000columbia.edu)
PokerStars has ceased operations in several so-called gray market countries suddenly and without warning this week, with the majority of the being in Africa and the center East. Players from both PokerStars and Comprehensive Tilt received notice through their clients and via email that real-money play was no longer available to these with immediate impact, along using the following explanation:
‘Our management team regularly reviews our operation along side separate third party professionals to evaluate the business risk and opportunities for our brand name on a market-by-market basis. Following our most recent review, it was determined that we would no longer offer real money games in your country.’
PokerStars was quick to reassure players that their balances would be available and safeguarded for withdrawal and that their accounts would remain open for play-money games. Tournament tickets, said the message, would be refunded.
‘they will automatically be converted into their equivalent cash value upon entering the Cashier,’ read the statement if you have any unused T$, T€ and/or Tournament Tickets in your account. ‘Freeroll and FPP buy-in tickets have no money that is real value, and so are therefore ineligible for credit.’
While no list that is definitive of countries involved has Continue reading “PokerStars Logs Out of Gray Markets in Africa and Middle East”