A group of 14k poker players say they — and not the state of Kentucky — should have a cut or all of a potential multimillion-dollar judgment against online gambling sites. Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate ordered Amaya and its PokerStars subsidiary to pay the state $290m for serving Kentucky players without the state’s permission in the years before Stars exited the US market.
The Kentucky Justice and Public Safety cabinet sued the company that owns PokerStars in 2010 for violating the state’s anti-gambling laws. They are seeking to recover money lost by Kentucky players between 2006 and 2011. Judge Thomas Wingate ruled in favor of the state.
Last week, The Poker Players Alliance (PPA), which says it represents 14,000 Kentucky poker players, was in a Kentucky court and filed a motion to intervene in the 2010 case filed on behalf of the state against online gambling companies. Now, about 14,000 Kentucky poker players are trying to get a piece of a multi-million dollar judgment against an online poker company.
“We believe the poker players themselves are entitled to recover the money,” PPA attorney Don Cox said. “Nobody in this case is speaking for poker players. Not the commonwealth, they don’t care what happens to poker players. They want to get the money themselves.”