Gordon Vayo escapes punishment from PokerStars
The end of the Gordon Vayo-PokerStars feud looks like it could be drawing to a close. Vayo had sued the online poker site over its refusal to pay out almost $700,000 in winnings, a suit that was subsequently dropped when PokerStars produced evidence that he had forged documents to substantiate his case. In retaliation, PokerStars went after the poker pro for expenses related to the case, but that suit, too, appears to now have been dropped.
The fight has been brewing since last year after Vayo picked up $692,460 in a Spring Championship of Online Poker event. When he went to cash out, PokerStars refused to issue the payment, stating that Vayo was in New Jersey at the time where he could not play legally. Vayo argued that he was actually in Canada and sued the company, producing documentation to support his claim. After it was determined that the documents may have been forged, Vayo dropped his suit.
PokerStars then went after Vayo, launching a countersuit in an effort to recuperate $280,000 it said it spent in the fight. It has now reportedly dropped that suit.
It would make sense for the company to pull back on the litigation. After all, it already has almost $700,000 as a result of the payout refusal - more than enough to cover the legal fees - and it is also getting ready for a hefty 2019 that includes a new online gaming license rewarded by the state of Pennsylvania.
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