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 PokerStars leave Colombian market

PokerStars leave Colombian market
Published: 2017-07-20

PokerStars quietly quieted the newly regulated Colombian market after online gambling regulator Coljuegos last week blocked the top of a list of 325 unlicensed online gambling operators.


PokerStars was one of the high-profile names mentioned on the blacklist, which was made public by Coljuegos in March. And it was at the end of June when Coljuegos issued the first license for the provision of online services; Local operator Aquila Global Group and its sports betting site became the first to receive the necessary approval to operate in Colombia's newly regulated gambling environment. (READ HERE: POKERSTARS THREATENS IN LATIN AMERICA)

In his message to Colombian players, PokerStars explained that he was leaving the market due to the new regulatory regime and the fact that he was not licensed to operate legally in the country. However, the operator indicated that he was interested in obtaining such a license, which means that he can return to Colombia when he is given the necessary approval.

PokerStars leave Colombian market


"Dear Locoaiza, PokerStars will remove the option to play poker with real money to residents of Colombia as of Monday July 17 due to the license requirements in that country

PokerStars has debated, and will continue to debate, positively and proactively with Colombian government officials on this issue; We hope we can return to offer real money games in the future.

PokerStars wants to guarantee affected players that their funds are protected and available for withdrawal. Before making a withdrawal, remember to open the chests of stars rewards you have received so that they can be converted into the rewards included in those chests. We will also recommend that you spend your StarCoin balance at the rewards store; There you will find a cash refund of USD $ 1 in case you want to convert your StarsCoin into cash.

For more information about withdrawing real money games, including answers to any questions you may have, visit our FAQ page for all players who live in Colombia. No other service will be affected in all Latin America. "

It is important to remember with the outgoing country platform, about 47,168 registered users are left with no place to play of which on average 571 were active users of all events that the company PokerStars carried out and where real money was bet. Surely these users will move to other pages that work under an illegal framework filling these chests that do not drive the online gambling industry in Colombia.

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Comanche Nation Casino in Lawton, Oklahoma see tremendous chance on blackjack tables. 

PokerStars leave Colombian market

After a long hiatus, blackjack is making a triumphant return to Comanche Nation Casino in Lawton, Oklahoma. The popular card game has been eagerly awaited by both patrons and staff alike, and its reintroduction is sure to bring a new level of excitement to the casino floor.

The decision to bring back blackjack was made after careful consideration by the casino’s management team, who saw the potential for increased revenue and customer satisfaction. With its fast-paced action and strategic gameplay, blackjack is a favorite among casino-goers, and its absence was keenly felt during its absence.



We are thrilled to announce the return of blackjack to Comanche Nation Casino,” said General Manager, John Doe. “Our patrons have been asking for it for some time, and we are happy to be able to bring it back to our gaming floor. We believe it will be a big hit with our visitors.”


In addition to its return to the gaming floor, Comanche Nation Casino is also planning special promotions and events to celebrate the comeback of blackjack. Players can look forward to special tournaments, giveaways, and other exciting opportunities to win big while enjoying their favorite card game.

Caesars closing their poker rooms this July. 

PokerStars leave Colombian market

Caesars Palace is once again shuffling its casino floor, and its poker room is the space that again suffers. Sometime in the middle of July, its 18 table poker room will be closed while the casino renovates its high-limit slots area. It will be closed for at least two months and possibly longer, and it’s not known when and where the room will reopen.

The room was moved to its current location on the casino floor a decade ago so the casino could expand its Pure nightclub. It was once one of the best poker room in Las Vegas and hosted WSOP Circuit events and the NBC National Heads Up Poker Championship.


Players would walk down a short hallway just off the casino floor into a space completely dedicated to poker. The fantastic large photos of well-known moments in sports hanging on the wall gave the room a classy, upscale feel which went away after Caesars expanded its famous nightclub.


Caesars Entertainment, which also owns and runs the World Series of Poker at its sister properties Horseshoe and Paris in Las Vegas, has opened WSOP-themed poker rooms at its properties around the country in the last several years.


Neymar arrived at the WSOP and played his own tournament full of stars. 

PokerStars leave Colombian market

Little by little we are becoming accustomed to the arrival of Neymar Jr. at the WSOP each year. The Brazilian seems to have found a passion in poker and everything seems to indicate that we will continue to see him in big tournaments for several more years. After breaking it in the cash games at Hustler Casino Live, Ney traveled to Las Vegas to participate in the WSOP 2024 and his arrival did not go unnoticed.



The Brazilian soccer star took a seat at the Horseshoe as soon as he arrived in Sin City. And he did it to compete in the Satellite Invitational that bears his name, along with several of his poker friends.


The WSOP organization wanted to receive him in the best way and organized an exclusive event for Ney and his friends, who filled the Horseshoe room to fill it with poker and joy.




The event in question was a three-table satellite tournament, which awarded 3 tickets to the Main Event. The tournament was attended by other big stars, such as Rafael Moraes, who is a close friend of the footballer. In addition to Rafa, there were also other great poker heavyweights, such as Tom Dwan himself and Alan Keating. Other friends of Neymar were also present, such as Pedro Velasco and Chris Eubank Jr, who have already shared cash games with the footballer. Without a doubt, having a figure as prominent worldwide as Neymar present is a privilege.


That's why the WSOP organization welcomes it so well. That such quality athletes recognize the competitive value of poker is very good for the image of the game


Marley Wynter poker player, the founder of an alleged Ponzi scheme must reward victims. 

PokerStars leave Colombian market

The founder of an alleged Ponzi scheme that targeted Australian poker players has been ordered by the Supreme Court of Queensland to pay 11 plaintiffs a combined AU$4.8 million (US$3.2 million).


The default judgement against Marley Wynter, whose sports betting syndicate Marley’s House of Sport (MHS) claimed to have made almost AU$30 million (US$19.8 million) in profits in the space of a year, includes reparations for amounts invested, promised profits and interest. Local media outlet PokerMedia Australia reports that Wynter did not contest the claim.



Allegations that MHS and an affiliated company called Marley’s House of Investment (MHI) may be a Ponzi scheme were first aired by Queensland-based poker player and industry advocate Craig Abernethy in early 2022 and led to the creation of a facebook page that garnered more than 350 members.



MHS marketed itself as a financial investment service specializing in sports betting, horse racing and “strategic” bankroll management, claiming to have had more than 12,000 investors at its peak and to have multiplied investor money by up to nine times.


It is alleged that Wynter, himself a known poker identity who won AU$430,919 (US$284,670) in a $20K Super High Roller event at the inaugural WPT Australia series in September 2022, primarily targeted investors from within the poker community by sponsoring local poker organizations such as the Australian Poker Tour (APT), where it ran a fantasy sports competition, and holding seminars during major events in which he would sell MHS and its returns to potential clients.


At least AU$3 million (US$2.0 million) was believed to have been invested with MHS since early 2022 before MHS was shut down on 26 January 2023, although PMA previously reported that Wynter had continued trying to recruit investors after that date.


Victims of the scheme alleged that requests to withdraw funds were met with resistance, that they received images of bank statements claiming payment had been made only for those funds to never materialize, or in some cases that they were paid out only after threatening to go to authorities. It was also claimed that Wynter actively discouraged withdrawals by regularly altering the company’s Terms and Conditions.


Abernethy said he is not confident that any money can be recovered but hopes this week’s judgement can at least prevent Wynter from operating such scams again in future.


My main goal with all of this initially was to expose a scammer so that he couldn’t take advantage of any more victims,” he said.


The fact that this has gone to court and a ruling has been made, I’m pretty happy with that result.


What Marley did was a disgrace and he’s ruined a lot of peoples’ lives. I’ve had a lot of people contact me even today because this money is significant to them. Although I don’t think there is any chance of getting it back, I hope there is at least some closure for the victims so they can move on with their lives knowing this guy won’t scam anyone else ever again.”


Tony G says poker should be taught in schools along with chess. 

PokerStars leave Colombian market

Although most parents would love for their children to learn a game like chess, poker is not often associated with being kid-friendly. Tony G, full name Antanas Guoga, has never been shy about speaking his mind out loud, and many will disagree with him on this, but think about it. Ultimately, many good life lessons can come from playing chess or poker.


Garry Kasparov, one of the greatest chess players of all time, wrote a book called "How Life Imitates Chess." The book is full of examples of how learning chess can improve general life skills, especially in children. But these ideas could also be applied in an exemplary way to poker. The most obvious example is learning to take responsibility for your own actions: you and only you in poker/chess are responsible for any decision you make.



Taking responsibility for your decisions, performing under pressure or learning from your mistakes


Although unlike chess, there is an aspect of luck in poker, we all know that once a large enough sample is played, it becomes a minimal factor. Tony G says in this regard that it is important that poker be seen as a game of skill and not as a game of chance. For this reason, there should be no objection to children learning the game and playing it instead of wasting time with various video games and social media on their phones.



Another key life skill is the ability to make difficult decisions when we are under pressure and have limited information. This leads to adaptability and flexibility, which again are excellent life skills best learned at a young age.



Poker is great for teaching us how to learn from our mistakes. The number of decisions made during a session makes it clear that there are very few activities that can match poker in this regard. This point alone should be enough to encourage hesitant players who are feeling terrible to continue playing. Every mistake is a learning opportunity and, believe us, mistakes will always happen, no matter how good a player you become. This brings us to resilience, a common trait of almost all successful people that can be learned in poker. It is not a mistake to teach a child how to be more resilient, especially in this high-stress modern world we live in.


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