Gordon Vayo Receives $280,000 Gift From PokerStars

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Gordon Vayo Receives $280,000 Gift From PokerStars
09:02
07 Dec

Gordon Vayo, the 2016 WSOP Main Event runner-up who was recently caught out for hiring a forger in his attempts to get almost $700,000 of winnings from PokerStars, has been given an early Christmas present by the site…

Vayo found himself in serious trouble recently when PokerStars' parent company revealed they had evidence that Vayo hired a document forger to alter bank statements in an attempt to hide the fact he was in California using a VPN to play.

The pro, who had taken legal action to get the online poker giants to release his $692,000 SCOOP winnings, immediately dropped his lawsuit when confronted with the forgery claims – but may still face criminal proceedings for attempted fraud or similar.

He won’t, however, have to pay the $280,000 in legal fees that his opponents had asked for, the decision as revealed by Brian Pempus on USBets stating:

‘The pending Motion for Attorneys’ Fees and Costs by Rational Entertainment Enterprises Limited d/b/a PokerStars is hereby withdrawn without prejudice’.


Though many in the poker world were sympathetic to Vayo’s original plight, they mostly baulked at the news he had allegedly hired a forger to provide PokerStars with doctored bank statements, ‘so that they would demonstrate (falsely) that Vayo was in Canada during the SCOOP tournament’ as the legal counterpoint from LEEL stated.

With the civil case pretty much all cleared up between Vayo and PokerStars, it now remains to be see whether any criminal action arises.


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Andrew from Edinburgh, Scotland, is a professional journalist, international-titled chess master, and avid poker player.Read more

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