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Weekly Poker Roundup: November 19, 2018

Gordon Vayo Drops Lawsuit Against PokerStars

Poker pro and 2016 World Series of Poker Main Event runner-up Gordon Vayo has dropped his lawsuit against PokerStars after the online poker site presented evidence to him that seemed to indicate that it had caught him in a lie.

Vayo won $700,000 in the 2017 Spring Championship of Online Poker, but PokerStars refused to pay him when he tried to cash out, claiming that Vayo had played at least part of the tournament from California, using a VPN to make it look like he was in Canada. Vayo said it was not true, that he played from an apartment in Canada the entire time. Both parties said they had evidence to prove their case

This past week, though, Pokerstars submitted documents in court showing that what Vayo had presented as proof that he was in playing Canada was actually forged. PokerStars presented its new evidence to Vayo, who immediately withdrew his lawsuit. Seeing this as effectively admitting guilt, Pokerstars is now going after Vayo for $276,800 in legal fees.

Grey Snow Poker Becomes First North American Tribal Online Poker Room

Grey Snow Poker, owned by the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma has become the first Native American poker site to go live for real money. Licensed in the Isle of Man, it is only open to international players, not players in the United States.

One of the more interesting aspects of Grey Snow Poker is its FairPlay rake system. When we say rake, though, we are not talking about rake in the traditional sense, as Grey Snow does not take a rake from the pot. Instead, Grey Snow Poker charges a 3 percent fee on whatever the players bring to the cash game tables.

This fee is charged when a player leaves the table, so the total amount of money on the table (assuming the same player composition) never changes, as it is not eaten away by rake. When a player leaves, he is charged the 3 percent fee on the money he has a the time he stands up. If a player loses all of his money, he is not charged anything, as 3 percent of zero is zero.

PokerStars Does Good by Player Wronged in Promo

PokerStars ended up awarding two prize packages in its recent “The Big Race” promotion rather than one because of shenanigans that influence the outcome. In the promotion, players competed in a $2 buy-in tournament, with the top 20 finishers being assigned drivers in the Russian Grand Prix Formula One race in Sochi. The player linked to the winning driver would receive an EPT Prague prize package.

But now for the shenanigans. Romania’s Daniel Dohotaru was assigned driver Valterri Bottas from Finland, who was not at all a favorite in the race. Bottas earned the pole position, though, so his chances improved greatly, and more than halfway through the race, he was winning.

There is something in Formula One, though, called “team orders,” which is a situation where the management of a racing team prefers one of its drivers over another and orders the lesser-favored driver to defer to the favored one. The number one driver on Team Mercedes was five-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton. Though Bottas was winning, Team Mercedes instituted “team orders” and told Bottas to let Hamilton pass him. He did and ended up finishing second to Hamilton.

Because of this crap situation, PokerStars not only awarded the player who had Hamilton the EPT Prague prize package, but also decided to give Dohotaru a second prize package, as well. The package is worth €7,500 and covers the entry fee and travel and lodging expenses.

Dan Katz

Dan Katz, one of our poker experts here at, is a man with many interests. While he spends the majority of his down time hanging out with his family, he is also a self-proclaimed world-class fisherman who owns several sea vessels. Dan once caught a 70-pound marlin while fishing in the Atlantic Ocean. Although he hooks sea creatures on the daily, Dan is a big teddy bear and aims to protect nature at all costs; letting all his catches go at the end of the day.

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