PokerStars Ordered to Pay $1.3 Billion in Damages to Kentucky

Last week the Kentucky Supreme Court reversed a dismissal in the case against PokerStars and amended the previous ruling against the operator, ordering the poker giant to pay $1.3 billion for offering illegal gambling within the state.

The ruling settles a case that has run for nearly a decade, which accused PokerStars of offering illegal online poker from Kentucky residents between 2007 and 2011. The Franklin Circuit Court in the Bluegrass State initially ruled that PokerStars owed the state almost $900 million, which was determined to be the amount that the company raised through the services.

PokerStars appealed that ruling, and two years ago the Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled that the state didn’t have any legal grounds to press the case, as the state couldn’t identify the players who lost money on the site. The ruling saw the case dismissed. Still, the state appealed that ruling, and the case reached the Supreme Court this year.

In a 4-3 ruling, the court reinstated the original ruling and upped the damages to $1.3 billion due to interest accrued since the original ruling.

For their part, PokerStars owner Flutter Entertainment says that they still have some legal processes available and that they’re confident that the amount they’ll eventually have to pay will be less than what the Kentucky Supreme Court has ordered.

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