Stars Returns Money

PokerStars announced this week that it has so far returned more than $100 million to U.S. players following its closure after the U.S. Department of Justice indictment on April 15.

The company says it is still receiving requests for pay-out and will continue to abide by the April 20 agreement it reached with the government that allows the company to pay U.S. customers who want to cash out their PokerStars accounts.

PokerStars was forced to close its doors to U.S. customers after the government indicted 11 people associated with online poker including the founders of PokerStars as Full Tilt Poker. The government charges both companies (along with Ultimate Bet) with money laundering and bank fraud. The indictments have effectively shut down online poker in the United States, though the companies are still operating successfully and fully in other countries.

For U.S. players who are simply interested in learning the game, PokerStars.net is still operational and offers players an opportunity to learn the game without an exchange of real money.