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Vayo Lawyer: Class Action Lawsuit Possible

Earlier this week, 2016 WSOP Main Event runner-up Gordon Vayo sued PokerStars for $700,000 after the poker room refused to pay out the amount after winning the 2017 SCOOP Main Event. PokerStars provided a “no comment” to Online Poker Report in which they emphasized their track record of paying over $500 million dollars during 2018 alone.

Now a lawyer for Gordon Vayo has told Card Player that this week’s activity is just the start, predicting that there could ultimately be a class action lawsuit, depending on the results of the discovery phase of the lawsuit.

“We will certainly monitor the situation to determine whether a class action might be appropriate. At this point, we do not want to add anything beyond what we have stated in our complaint. However, we are monitoring the situation and look forward to the discovery phase of the case when the extent of PokerStars conduct will be brought to light.”

Quick Hitters

– Michigan is suddenly back in the online gambling regulation spotlight after adding a new draft of an online gambling bill. Representative Brandt Iden is hopeful to get the bill passed before June 21st, when the legislature breaks for the summer. Despite the optimism from the bill’s sponsor, Steve Ruddock from Online Poker Report says that it doesn’t seem likely to happen until at least after the November election.

– Joey Ingram sits down with Phil Galfond on the Poker Life podcast to discuss Run it Once Poker, a poker room run by Phil Galfond that is getting a lot of attention of late for its banning of Heads-Up Displays and dynamic avatars. Watch the two-hour exchange below:

– After two wins, Roman “RomeOpro” Romanovsky is ahead in the SCOOP Overall and High Leaderboards after winning the $5,200 NLHE 6-Max Turbo High Roller. Romanovsky won the $1,050 NLHE earlier on in the series.

– Despite Daniel Negreanu’s tremendous success in live tournaments — over $36 million in recorded winnings — Kid Poker has his fair share of troubles online. High Stakes Database highlights Negreanu’s losing PokerStars laugh since 2011.

Meanwhile, Negreanu has been studying extensively to prepare for the upcoming Super High Roller Bowl and the World Series of Poker:

– Going pro can be tough for any aspiring poker player, but what is it like for older players? Forty-two year old Dara O’Kearney discussed the subject with PokerStrategy in a recent interview.

– From the Fake News Bin: PokerStars hires 2016 WSOP Main Event winner to represent the poker room in Gordon Vayo lawsuit.