Weekly Poker Roundup: September 17, 2018
PokerStars Getting Rid of Unfold
Though PokerStars said it was going to be a permanent addition to its cash game lineup, the world’s largest online poker room has decided to get rid of Unfold, this according to pokerfuse. The game was launched only about a month and a half ago; it will supposedly be removed from the lobby this week.
Unfold is another in a line of novelty cash games from PokerStars, a game in which players who folded pre-flop are given the chance to “unfold” their hole cards after the flop, before the flop round of betting. Every player is required to post an ante before the hand, which goes into the “unfold pot.” Those who chose to unfold must pay an amount equal to the unfold pot – you didn’t expect to get back into the hand for free, did you?
Unfolders then sit and wait until all the board cards are dealt and whichever of those players has the best hand wins the unfold pot. The players who did not unfold and still remained in the hand play the hand out as normal. Players who unfold do not play for the main pot, only the unfold pot.
Judge Pushes Back PokerStars Motion to Dismiss Vayo Lawsuit
Gordon Vayo and PokerStars will have to wait until November to see where their legal dispute will go, as U.S. Federal District Court judge has moved the hearing for PokerStars’ motion to dismiss the case to November 6th. The hearing was originally scheduled for September 25th.
Vayo filed a lawsuit against PokerStars in May because Stars would not let him cash out nearly $700,000 in earnings from the 2017 Spring Championship of Online Poker. PokerStars says it has evidence that Vayo played some of the tournament from California, a state from which PokerStars does not accept customers, using a VPN to make it look like he was in Canada.
Vayo, obviously, vehemently disagrees and claims that PokerStars has a history of letting people play from prohibited locations only to withhold their cashouts if they make a big score.
Pennsylvania Awards Two More Sets of Online Gaming Licenses
SugarHouse Casino and Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course have had their interactive gaming license applications approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), bringing the number of licensed operators in the state to five.
Nine casinos paid the $10 million application fee for the three licenses available in Pennsylvania: online poker, online slots, and online table games. After the July 16th deadline for the $10 million price, Mohegan Sun Pocono filed its application after that date, so it had to pay the full $12 million ($4 million for each type of license). Presque Isle Downs Casino applied for table games and slots, but not poker.
At this point, qualified operators from outside of the state are permitted to apply for licenses. There are three online poker licenses remaining and two each for table games and slots. More hearings are still to come to determine the status of the remaining casinos’ applications; there is no reason to think the others won’t get their licenses.
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