PokerStars Receive Bad News from Spanish Supreme Court

Publish: 29.05.2017

They are one of Canada’s proud jewels despite the fact their headquarters are based at the Isle of Man.

PokerStars are a company known for the biggest online poker cardroom in the world, owned by the Canadian gaming giant Amaya Inc.

Founded by Isai Scheinberg and mark Scheinberg, PokerStars serve the worldwide poker landscape through downloadable poker clients for all of the available computer and mobile platforms.

Spanish Court Ruling

Online poker giant PokerStars has this week received some bad news coming from Spain as the Spanish Supreme Court has ruled that PokerStars was operating illegally in this European country.

The Spanish Supreme Court’s ruling comes after a procedure initiated in 2011 when several Codere companies – rival gaming operators – filed a lawsuit against PokerStars accusing it of unfair competition. The initial complaint was filed even before PokerStars was given a license to operate in Spain, whereas the Madrid court ruled in Codere’s favor a year after, in 2012.

Another court found out that PokerStars was not doing anything illegal and that its operations were in accordance to the country’s regulations, claiming that Amaya’s company should be authorized to operate.

However, with the case dropping in Supreme Court’s jurisdiction, the verdict has been reached last week specifically claiming that the poker game offered at PokerStars website’qas not a legal activity in Spain’.

Even though PokerStars’ website was intended for the Spanish public, the Supreme Court ruled that PokerStars ‘lacked the authorization required for the activity of gambling’. What is more, the Supreme Court was ‘not a service legally marketed in Spain’.

And though the ruling does not go in PokerStars’ favor, the Supreme Court did not grant Codere the compensation for damages and prejudices that were also requested.

The latest news comes days after PokerStar organized a record-breaking poker event – 2017 Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP).