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PokerStars Owner Wins Illinois Lawsuit

The parent company of online poker sites Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars came out victorious in an Illinois courtroom earlier this week, as a lawsuit filed by a former player was dismissed.

Kelly Sonnenburg of Illinois filed the lawsuit in Illinois District Court wherein it was argued that Rational should have to repay losses on the site because online gambling is illegal. Sonnenberg is the parent of a player who lost money on PokerStars.

However, District Court Judge David R. Herndon dismissed the case, noting that the statute of limitations for the case had passed. In Illinois, player can only recoup money for six months after placing the bets. The judge's opinion read: “The first amended complaint is devoid of allegations stating the ‘who,’ ‘what’ and ‘when’ of the losses she seeks to recover."

Commenting on the case Rational Group lawyer Jeff Ifrah said, “This is a major victory for PokerStars and instructive for other online gaming providers facing similar attacks from plaintiffs seeking unjust windfalls."

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