PokerStars Logs Out of Gray Markets in Africa and Middle East

PokerStars Logs Out of Gray Markets in Africa and Middle East

PokerStars has withdrawn from a host of gray market countries at the center East and Africa. (Image:

PokerStars has ceased operations in a number of alleged gray market countries suddenly and without warning this week, because of the majority of the being in Africa and the Middle 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 them with immediate effect, along utilizing the following explanation:

‘Our management team regularly reviews our procedure along with separate party that is 3rd to assess 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’d no longer offer real cash games in your country.’

PokerStars was quick to reassure players that their balances will 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.

‘in the event that you have any unused T$, T€ and/or Tournament Tickets in your account, they will automatically be converted into their equivalent cash value upon entering the Cashier,’ read the declaration. ‘Freeroll and FPP buy-in tickets have no real money buy-in value, and are also therefore ineligible for credit.’

Why Now?

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Jorryt Van Hoof Leads as WSOP Final Table Down to Three

Jorryt Van Hoof Leads as WSOP Final Table Down to Three

Favorite Jorryt van Hoof will go fully into the WSOP Final Table finale as chip leader tonight, as three players battle for the $10 million prize that is first.

The planet Series of Poker final table is down to three players, with Dutchman Jorryt van Hoof finishing yesterday’s play as he began, with the chip lead and bossing the table around.

And despite Phil Hellmuth’s once disparaging remark about ‘Northern European idiots,’ three players hailing from the upper part of that very continental landmass have bagged themselves gold, silver and bronze in this race, with the past great American hope, Will Tonking from New Jersey, bowing away gracefully in fourth.

Joining van Hoof tonight to try out for the biggest title in poker will be Sweden’s Martin Jacobson, who has 64.75 million in chips, and Norway’s Felix Stephensen, with 46.1 million. Van Hoof, meanwhile, has a by-no-means insurmountable chip lead of 89.6 million. Tonight, the players will compete for a top prize of $10 million and the title of World Champion.

Déjà vu

November Nine play began cagily, you a house or two as you might expect for a tournament with millions of dollars at stake in which some of the pay jumps could buy. In fact, it took 12 hours to whittle nine straight down to three. Initial elimination, when it came, was extraordinary, in it ended up being Mark Newhouse, the guy who completed ninth last year. Someone figured out that the Read More