Despite the US federal government’s ferocious crackdown on PokerStars in mid-April this year, a number of US players continue playing at PokerStars on the sly. Some of them use a virtual private network (VPN), which permits them to hide their true location, thus fooling PokerStars into accepting them.

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PokerStars is already in trouble with the US government and is willing to cooperate with the US enforcement agencies to deal sternly with any US player caught accessing its services. According to PokerStars, “Real money play is not allowed from within the US under any circumstances. Players who attempt to play for real money from inside the US with the aid of VPNs or other technical workarounds will lose their playing privileges and/or funds in their account.”

The online poker room has been relentlessly hunting down US players, who are stealthily playing poker on its premises, and has frozen several accounts. VPN connections are very difficult to identify, but the slightest disruption in the connection reveals a player’s true location. Besides, a US player using a VPN connection to play poker at PokerStars would require a bank account or a eWallet account, and this immediately alerts PokerStars to the fact the player is from the US. As one player complained in a forum post, PokerStars suspends accounts only when the player tries to withdraw money.

According to this forum poster, “I think it’s historically been common practice for PokerStars and other poker sites to subject an account to additional scrutiny when the account holder makes a cash out request. I assume this is done mainly to check for involvement in cheating or fraudulent activity before releasing the funds. Now it looks like enforcing the US location ban has been added to the checklist.”

Following the federal crackdown, PokerStars lost no time in ejecting US poker players, forcing many high-stakes players to migrate to places such as Canada and Europe to continue their gambling activities on PokerStars. Those who chose to play stealthily at the online poker room are now paying for it. Exactly how PokerStars intends to penalize these players is yet to be known.

Steve Day, the VIP manager at PokerStars, admitted to Two Plus Two that PokerStars does not really know what to do with US players caught playing on stealth. So far, their accounts have been suspended, and the online poker room is waiting for guidance from a DoJ moderator appointed to deal with such issues.

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