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PokerStars donates confiscated funds from minor to charity ($518,402)

Tags: charity, pokerstars, sunday million 5th anniversary, Zeurrr.
Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2011 by "T".

On March 7th, 2011, the Sunday Million 5th Anniversary tournament was played at the world's biggest poker site, PokerStars. The tournament run smoothly and ended up being a huge success. But it didn't take more than a few days before chocking rumors on one of the finalists started popping up in different forums online. The rumors were that 'zeurrr', who won $518,402 on the final table, is a minor and PokerStars had confiscated his winnings. PokerStars shortly after confirmed that the rumors were true, however, they couldn't say what they would do with zeurrr's confiscated tournament winnings. 

Now, after about 2 months of total silence, PokerStars announces that they will close zeurrr's account and donate his winnings to charities working to curb gambling among minors. According to PokerStars, 'zeurrr' had no advantage over the other participants and therefore the confiscated funds won't be divided among the other players. PokerStars refers the decision to its Terms and conditions.

1.3. We reserve the right at any time to request from you evidence of age in order to ensure that minors are not using the Service. We further reserve the right to suspend or cancel your account and exclude you, temporarily or permanently, from using the Service if satisfactory proof of age is not provided or if we suspect that you are underage.

 


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22 comments for "PokerStars donates confiscated funds from minor to charity ($518,402)"

 Fakiry5/18/2011 11:01:06 AM GMT
A minor geting to a final table of a huge tourney like this and end up winning it? The only thing that surprises me is that Pokerstars, aparently, only investigated the player condition after the tourney. They should have done that work before. Minors have lots of free time so, after having access to PC and Internet, next thing they will do is find games and play, like a regular nowadays kid. Some remember poker and try to create an acount, without being noticed. But that is why we all have to show identification card. And then again, one can not have drivers license, but there are always other docs to prove identity and age verification. Can't understand why this continue being possible. But i am sure there are thousands of 16 and 17 yo kids playing online world wide.

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A minor geting to a final table of a huge tourney like this and end up winning it? The only thing that surprises me is that Pokerstars, aparently, only investigated the player condition after the tourney. They should have done that work before. Minors have lots of free time so, after having access to PC and Internet, next thing they will do is find games and play, like a regular nowadays kid. Some remember poker and try to create an acount, without being noticed. But that is why we all have to show identification card. And then again, one can not have drivers license, but there are always other docs to prove identity and age verification. Can't understand why this continue being possible. But i am sure there are thousands of 16 and 17 yo kids playing online world wide.
 dozn015/18/2011 11:04:35 AM GMT
ive already said my comment on this bs charity Sad Sad
 djpremier5/18/2011 11:09:57 AM GMT
I feel so bad for him.. I mean of course he shouldnt have been playing as a minor.. but still thats a huge amount of money and he might never win such a nice prize again ...
 paulparadiis5/18/2011 12:09:01 PM GMT
Yeah, that's a bad beat, but if he managed to final table a tourney this big, he must be good, and i'm sure he'll earn lots and lots more. Club
 scaramoes5/18/2011 1:25:49 PM GMT
gif it to his parrents in behold till he is ´´groing up´´,of wait till he is 21 year old and give him than that money.
 Jibberish5/18/2011 1:34:04 PM GMT
all i can say is hahahahah im so glad i didnt find out about freerolls until i was 20! lmfao
 Davoodoo5/18/2011 1:50:21 PM GMT

If you dont follow the game rules you arent wort to win a single dollar ... pokerstars didnt have any other choice, if they would have let this guy get any money they would have to let EVERY player on PS that doesnt have the required age to get money.
 LooseKiddie5/18/2011 1:54:03 PM GMT
Well... I'm sure many underage kids are playing poker and I can understand it, but he must be stupid to play so big tournament knowing that it's illegal! spacegravy played underage, a few pros admit they did it as well. But of course they didn't go for so HOT tournament, with such field and prize pool...

If I were him I would bust like in top 30 - it's better to earn just decent cash and actually get it than to win big and lose all money xD But once again, I wouldn't play such tournament underage...
 cuonthefelt5/18/2011 2:12:34 PM GMT
Fakiry is definately right, pokerstars should have found out that he was underage before the tournament even started. Having to upload some form of photo identification should be a MUST for poker sites, not sure why more sites make this mandatory ?
 Acedril5/18/2011 5:51:16 PM GMT
@cuont ,when he created his account his date of birth was 1991,after h won he changed in 1993
 SuperNoob5/18/2011 7:36:17 PM GMT
really sucks for the kid - won a fortune and before he could get his hands on it, it taken away from him. but it was his mistake in first place - lesson well learnt for him i guess.
 ierons5/19/2011 2:07:58 AM GMT
this is disgusting !!

pokerstar = motherfxxxx !!
 jessthehuman5/19/2011 3:05:20 AM GMT
Posted by ierons:
this is disgusting !!

pokerstar = motherfxxxx !!


To be fair - which ever gaming commission governs PS probably wouldn't allow a payout to the minor. It's pretty sick; but ultimately it's the kids own fault - it's clearly stated in the T&C
 HsH805/19/2011 3:06:48 AM GMT
it's all his own fault if he wasn't bragging about this...i'm sure he could have arranged an secret deal with pokerstars that he would receive his money when he turns 18...what an bragging idiot lol
 Macubaas5/19/2011 8:44:30 AM GMT
Sorry to say this but i totally agree with pokerstars this time, minors shouldn't be allowed to play poker on real money. End of discussion. If they want to play other type of games and even poker for that matter on play money is okay but you shouldn't let a minor play on real money considering that they don't know the value of money and most of all how money are made in real life.
I also must say from that money Pokerstars should also pay some private sessions with a psychologist for that kid, such a hit on a such early age could mark you for life and have very bad influence over your future development. Still after his reactions on forum probably he wasn't too affected by the news. I would also agree if poker sites would require an id check before making an account in order to avoid this kind of problems.
 GIOMi65/19/2011 10:16:18 AM GMT
He was underaged to play online poker, so he broke the rules and as a consequence he lost his winnings. That is Life.
 RiverOfFire5/20/2011 12:02:06 PM GMT
missing from this story.....This charity is run and operated by Pokerstars...The worlds largest poker site...
 dozn015/20/2011 12:05:10 PM GMT
Posted by RiverOfFire:
missing from this story.....This charity is run and operated by Pokerstars...The worlds largest poker site...


so in other words there giving the money to back them self for this bs charity.......
joke Aww crap! Aww crap! Aww crap! Aww crap!
 Cliffem5/23/2011 1:05:22 PM GMT
life tilt after this
 vip7vip7vip5/23/2011 3:07:58 PM GMT
A minor geting to a final table of a huge tourney like this and end up winning it? The only thing that surprises me is that Pokerstars, aparently, only investigated the player condition after the tourney. They should have done that work before. Minors have lots of free time so, after having access to PC and Internet, next thing they will do is find games and play, like a regular nowadays kid. Some remember poker and try to create an acount, without being noticed. But that is why we all have to show identification card. And then again, one can not have drivers license, but there are always other docs to prove identity and age verification. Can't understand why this continue being possible. But i am sure there are thousands of 16 and 17 yo kids playing online world wide.

Sow what is sow big deal?
 fcumred6/5/2011 1:11:26 PM GMT
To all those that say he should be given the money, what if he used that money to play you heads up and took every cent of your bankroll, only for you to find out you lost it to someone who shouldn't even have been playing ?

What if it wasn't really a kid but Phil Ivey pretending to be a kid ? Would that be acceptable ?

Cheating is cheating, regardless, and the kid shouldn't have been at the table. He would no doubt have beaten players who were entitled to play and knocked them out, therefore depriving genuine players of their chance to win that money.

Pokerstars are 100% right. He should have the money taken from him, and never be let loose on a poker site again.

If he'll play when he knows he's not supposed to then you can bet he'll try other forms of cheating, such as collusion, using bots etx..
 jessthehuman6/5/2011 1:14:04 PM GMT
Posted by fcumred:
If he'll play when he knows he's not supposed to then you can bet he'll try other forms of cheating, such as collusion, using bots etx..


I don't really get your logical conclusion ... ??

He wasn't found cheating - he was in violation of the T&C - ie; underage gambling. That isn't the same thing is cheating - not in any sense : legal, technically or even morally.

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I agree he shouldn't get the money by the way. I just don't follow your logic.

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Are underage drinkers going to cheat later in life at other things also ? Like I really don't get what you mean ?? Because he gambled underage - he is likely to cheat later in life ?

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