PokerStars catches High Stakes PLO Cheater, returns $50k to Players

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PokerStars recently caught a player who was cheating in the mid and high stakes Pot-Limit Omaha games at their site. Since making this discovery, the world's largest online poker room has been in the process of refunding over $50,000 to affected players.

PokerStars members are satisfied with the fact that management caught the cheater and refunded the victims. However, many players are puzzled as to why Stars has refused to release the identity of the cheater. And a Stars representative addressed the matter with the following statement:

"We have obtained legal advice on this very issue and our lawyers advised that we cannot disclose User IDs in the context of fraud on PokerStars. If a law enforcement agency wishes to investigate such situations further, then naturally PokerStars will cooperate in accordance with the regulatory regime that we operate under.

Due to the legality of the situation, PokerStars says that they're also unable to release the stakes and exact tables where the cheating occurred. The only known details are that the cheating happened in mid and high stakes PLO, and the perpetrator earned over $50k, which was confiscated from their account.

While many players trust PokerStars in this matter, there are still plenty of grinders who've been piecing the puzzle together on forums. They are sharing their collective knowledge and trying to figure out the cheater's screen name and just how they operated nefariously.

Assuming enough complaints arise about the incident, PokerStars would have to turn in a report to the Gambling Supervision Commission. The GSC could then investigate the matter further and release a report on their findings.

Since opening their cyber doors in December of 2001, PokerStars has remained one of the world's most reputable gaming companies. Following Black Friday, Stars was the only targeted company to refund US players' money in the aftermath.

On the other hand, Full Tilt, UB Poker and Absolute Poker got into further trouble with the US Department of Justice because they didn't have enough money to cover player deposits. Stars actually purchased the ailing Full Tilt from the US DOJ, while Absolute and UB Poker went offline.