PokerStars has withdrawn from a host of gray market nations at the center East and Africa. (Image: gulf2000columbia.edu)
PokerStars has ceased operations in several so-called gray market countries suddenly and without warning this week, using the majority of these being in Africa and the Middle East. Players from both PokerStars and Full Tilt received notice through their clients and via email that real-money play was no longer available to these with immediate impact, along with the following explanation:
‘Our administration team regularly reviews our operation along with separate third party professionals to evaluate the business risk and opportunities for our brand name on a market-by-market basis. After our many 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 is 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 are therefore ineligible for credit.’
While no list that is definitive of nations included has been released, a c Continue reading “PokerStars Logs Out of Gray Markets in Africa and Middle East”