PokerStars hit with $290 million civil judgment. Tony G challenges Canadian Prime Minister to a poker match. DFS hearing in California. And more.

PokerStars hit with $290 million civil suit judgment

Amaya Gaming has issued a statement on the recent ruling by a Kentucky judge that calls on the company to pay the state some $290 million in civil damages (and possibly as much as $750 million if the state’s attorneys get their way) over an old lawsuit filed under the previous ownership group.

The case dates back to 2010, when the state of Kentucky saw potential dollar signs in going after the online gaming sites that operated in the state.

This is a strange, and still fluid story, which involves everyone from the old PokerStars ownership to the Poker Players Alliance.

Quick Hitters

– Veteran poker writer John Mehaffey’s monthly offshore payment processing report is out. If you live in a state without legal online poker, and you simply HAVE to play online, this is a must read.

– The full schedule for the Borgata Winter Poker Open (which will run from January 19 through February 6) is available on the casino’s website.

– Saving you the trouble of listening to lawyers and consultants read from prepared statements, Legal Sports Report recaps yesterday’s monotonous daily fantasy sports hearing in California.

– Daniel Negreanu and Phil Ivey battled it out on the PokerStars show Shark Cage. Here’s what the forums are buzzing about.

– Tony G, now a member of the Lithuania Parliament, reverted back to his poker roots after a perceived slight by new Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In true poker player fashion, Tony G went to straight to “heads up for rollz.”

– The latest installment of Jennifer Newell’s fictitious poker tournament featuring the Republican presidential nominees is up at Poker Update.

– Is Seven Card Stud 8 or better a better game than Texas Holdem? James Guill offers seven potential reasons why this might be the case.