PokerStars Fined for Geolocation Failure

Publish: 11.02.2017

PokerStars might be the largest online poker cardroom on the globe but they are the latest proof that even the biggest and greatest of us make mistakes.

Owned by the Canadian company Amaya Inc. PokerStars got slapped in the face with a $25,000 fine issued by the New Jersey Division of Gambling Enforcement as they failed to stick to the geolocation regulations.

Geolocation Failure

Thje Division said that it found ‘sufficient and factual support’ to prove that PokerStars have been unable to prevent out-of-state players from accessing its New Jersey mobile version of the site.

New Jersey Division explained that its decision to financially sanction the failure came after the geolocation revision established that non-New Jersey residents were allowed to gain access on the state’s PokerStars mobile site.

New Jersey’s gambling laws stipulate that only players and customers within the state’s borders are allowed to play for money, given the fact that New Jersey is one of three US states to boast a regulated and legalized online gambling market.

Gambling operators are thus required to deploy geolocation limitations in order to control out-of-state access.

PokerStars New Jersey

A wide-spread poker network PokerStars only received its regulatory approval in March 2016.

During the first year of business, the Amaya-owned company registered a significant boost of its overall revenue as the numbers from the local regulator proved.

The latest fine is unlikely to have big effect on the business and will have a more disciplinary purpose.

New Jersey Division of Gambling Enforcement has already reprimanded another gambling operator for breaching the geolocation restrictions. Gaming software supplier GAN was fined with the same amount of money last year for allowing out-of-state customers to access offering provided by the client of theirs –  Betfair.

In related news, PokerStars has this week teamed up with Microgaming for a top-quality supply deal for the current year.