Gordon Vayo Will Not Have to Pay PokerStars $280k as Both Sides Drop VPN Lawsuits

The simmering dispute between the world’s largest poker site and professional player Gordon Vayo appears to be nearing a resolution.

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Gordon Vayo is likely breathing a bit easier this week, after a $280,000 claim against him dropped. (Image: Twitter.com)

PokerStars has apparently retracted its countersuit demanding that he pay $280,000 in legal fees incurred while fighting Vayo in court.

Both parties are embroiled in a legal beef since Stars refused to pay out most of his $692,460 prize from a Spring Championship of Online Poker (SCOOP) event in 2017.

The business accused him of illegally employing a Virtual Private Network (VPN) from the limited region of New Jersey. Vayo sued the site, insisting that he had played with the tournament from his home in Canada.

According to a court filing the attorneys for the two sides have jointly decided to drop the matter.

“This action his hereby dismissed with prejudice by Plaintiff Gordon Vayo,” reads the record filed on Dec. 4, including,”The pending Motion for Attorneys’ Fees and Costs by (REEL) is hereby withdrawn.”

The countersuit by Stars came after it leveled shocking charges against Vayo month.

Vayo’s VPN Fakeout?

He said he could prove that he indeed played from Canada when the California resident, who finished second in the 2017 World Series of Poker Main Event, originally sued Stars.

It turns out he may have fabricated that proof.

His suit suddenly dropped . Nobody knew why at the time, but a couple of weeks later, REEL’s attorneys accused Vayo of forging the banking and mobile phone records he had submitted to the court an in apparent attempt to make it seem like he had been living in Canada.

REEL blasted it as an attempt to defraud the court and filed a claim against Vayo for $280,000 in legal costs.

Eyes on Bigger Prize

It is possible that set the ordeal to bed and the Stars Group just wants to end the blood that is bad. In the end, PokerStars has a busy 2019 in the US market that is quickly changing ahead of it.

Earlier this week, Pennsylvania gaming regulators granted PokerStars a gaming license to deliver online poker to the Keystone State. It is unclear when the Pennsylvania public will be able to hit on the virtual felt on Stars, but 2019 is a real chance.

Stars is expected to combine the shared player pool with Nevada, New Jersey, and Delaware.

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