Joined: Feb '11
Age: 28 (M)
On March 6 this year ran up a very special tournament to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the PokerStars Sunday Million. This tournament had a total of 59,128 players to compete for a prize pool of $ 11,825,600.
The nine players who reached the final table collected the following awards:
1 .- Luke "Bdbeatslayer" Vrabel ($ 671,093.81 & Lamborghini Gallardo)
2 .- sheppyshape ($ 465,647.02)
3 .- wrzr123 ($ 844,209.87)
4 .- guccyka ($ 411,090.13)
5 .- Syndrome1977 ($ 799,842.09)
6 .- zeurrr ($ 518,402.33)
7 .- nhar818 ($ 441,541.06)
8 .- Jan10004 ($ 311,023.33)
9 .- Battmeister ($ 263,888.06)
So far so good, right? Wrong!
A few days after the controversy settled down to become public that the player zeurrr was actually a Dutch minor, and therefore in violation of the rules of the game room. Soon there were rumors that this money would have been confiscated by PokerStars, even if a representative has denied this information.
Two months later, finally the outcome is known in history. In confirming the identity of the player who had even 16 years, the prize money was not delivered before and was distributed among charities that specialize in the prevention of gambling on minors.
This was the email sent by PokerStars:
Thank you for your recent email about the 5th Anniversary Sunday Million Tournament.
PokerStars is Able to advise That the registered owner of account 'zeurrr' did not operate the account During That tournament. Further, the account was operated by an individual who was seventeen years of age, in breach of PokerStars' Against strict rules underage gaming.
You Might the picture, underage gaming is a very serious issue for PokerStars. It is a violation of PokerStars' license agreements and it is crucial to behave responsibly in That We Dealing With These matters.
PokerStars' Responsible Gaming webpage states the Following:
"Any player who has underage Provided dishonest or inaccurate information Regarding Their true age winnings forfeited May Have all smoke here and face criminal prosecution."
In Accordance with this policy, we HAVE DECIDED to close the PokerStars account of the offender, and further queries, to seize all monies held in the account.
The funds from the account Will Be Donated to Charitable Organizations Which specialize in Preventing underage gaming. We have made this Decision because the player did not receive any advantage over other players, and We Have acted in Accordance With Our usual policy on These issues.
That I trust this email clarifier Our position on the matter, But if You Have Further queries, please feel free to write back any time.
PokerStars Game Security
Edited by Reiiz (19 May 2011 @ 17:15 GMT)