PokerStars has withdrawn from a number of gray market nations in the Middle East and Africa. (Image: gulf2000columbia.edu)
PokerStars has ceased operations in several alleged gray market countries suddenly and without warning this week, with all the majority of the being in Africa and the center 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 these with immediate impact, along utilizing the explanation that is following
‘Our administration team regularly reviews our operation along side separate third party professionals to assess the business risk and opportunities for the brand name on a market-by-market basis. After our most recent review, it had been determined that we might no longer offer real cash games in your country.’
PokerStars was quick to reassure players that their balances would be safeguarded and available for withdrawal and that their accounts would remain open for play-money games. Tournament tickets, said the message, would be refunded.
‘they will automatically be converted into their equivalent cash value upon entering the Cashier,’ read the statement if you have any unused T$, T€ and/or Tournament Tickets in your account. ‘Freeroll and FPP buy-in tickets have no real money buy-in value, and are also therefore ineligible for credit.’
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