PokerStars admits to running illegal poker site in China
By Bob Garcia
Because running legal sites isn’t enough for The Stars Group
PokerStars has come under fire after it was revealed that certain players in China were able to access the poker site. Players who had registered with Red Dragon Poker were apparently able to play on PokerStars without any issues, which was undoubtedly more than a little strange. The weirdness of the situation was cleared up when the reason why those players had access to PokerStars was revealed – Red Dragon is a PokerStars site and the company has admitted to it.
Everything began to unravel when some players found themselves on the receiving end of PokerStars’ wrath. Those players lost their coins on the Red Dragon Poker site after being accused by PokerStars of collusion, leading to questions regarding a PokerStars-Red Dragon Link. Red Dragon had let it slip that it was somehow related to the global poker brand and, after ignoring the subject for a while, The Stars Group acknowledged that it is involved in the unlicensed and unregulated poker site.
With the US/China trade war going on, any activity by a foreign company in China will come under scrutiny. However, making matters worse is that The Stars Group, a supposedly reputable company, would feel the need to get in bed with an illegal operation. As if it didn’t have enough to contend with running its licensed, regulated sites, it has to reach out and knowingly participate in unlicensed and illegal activity. Once again, as has happened numerous times in the past, the integrity and ethics of PokerStars have to be called into question.