Welcome to PokerStars – we hope you have fun with us! We pride ourselves on providing the most exciting Games in a safe and secure environment, and we believe in educating our players to empower them through knowledge.
These general terms of service (the “General Terms”) explain the things you need to know about using our Services. Thank you for taking the time to read them. If you would like to keep a copy you can download the General Terms here, and if after reading them you still have questions, you can get help here.
The General Terms are a legally binding contract made between you and us, which you accept by checking the box when you create an Account. Everything in the General Terms is important and has the potential to affect your interests, so please read the General Terms in full before you accept them. Reading them will take about 20 minutes. However, to make it easier for you to understand the General Terms and what they mean for you, we’d like to highlight the following:
Key things you need to know:
INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR ACCOUNT AND YOUR CONTRACT WITH US
(a) TSG Interactive Plc, a company registered in Malta (company number C53434) with registered address at The Flutter Group, Spinola Park, Level 2, Triq Mikiel Ang Borg, St Julians SPK 1000, Malta (“TSG”); and
(b) Stars Mobile Limited, a company incorporated in the Isle of Man (company number 008457V) with registered address at Douglas Bay Complex, King Edward Road, Onchan, IM3 1DZ (“Stars Mobile”). TSG and Stars Mobile are companies in Flutter Group.
The General Terms apply to your access and use of the Services. By clicking to accept the General Terms when you create an Account, or otherwise accessing or using any part of the Services, a contract is created and you will be legally bound by the General Terms and any additional terms and conditions that form part of the General Terms (these are listed in Part A Section 20 and called ‘Rules’). If you don’t agree to the General Terms or any part of them (including the Rules), you shouldn’t access or use the Services or the relevant part of them.
When you play Play Money Games, the contract is between you and Stars Mobile, and PokerStars/we/us/our in the General Terms means Stars Mobile. For all other uses of the Services, the contract is between you and TSG, and PokerStars/we/us/our in the General Terms means TSG. This means TSG has no responsibility or obligation to you in relation to Play Money Games, and Stars Mobile has no responsibility or obligation to you in relation to Real Money Games.
We may change the General Terms at any time, for example to correct information, reflect changes to the Services or our business practices, or to comply with applicable law or a change in our regulatory requirements. We will tell you about any significant changes to the General Terms before they take effect.
If you don’t agree to the changes then you should stop using the Services and you may request a withdrawal of any positive balance on your Account. We will process that request unless we have a right to delay the withdrawal, void any related transactions, or recover or not pay out any balance, winnings, funds, rewards or other credits under the General Terms. You will be deemed to have accepted the changes if you don’t take this action or you continue to use the Services after the date the changes take effect.
We encourage you to visit the Website regularly to check the version of the General Terms in force at that time.
TSG makes the Real Money Games available to you under the ‘umbrella’ of remote gambling license number 39108 granted by the Gambling Commission of Great Britain to Stars Interactive Ltd (also a member of Flutter Group) on 1 November 2014. For more information about our license see here.
To create and use an Account you must:6.1.1 be at least 18 years of age (underage gambling is a criminal offence);
By creating an Account you confirm and promise that: (a) you meet the Account Requirements at the point of registration; (b) you will continue to meet the Account Requirements for so long as you have an active Account; and (c) you will promptly tell us if you stop meeting any of the Account Requirements for any reason.
When you create an Account, you must provide the following: first and last name, home address, email address, and date of birth.
We may from time-to-time also ask for other information to comply with our legal, regulatory or internal requirements, for example to check you meet the Account Requirements or Deposit Requirements from time-to-time.
You must ensure the details provided by you at registration are true, accurate, and up to date, and that they remain so while you have an active Account. You must promptly tell us about any changes to your details (including those which could impact the use of your Account, such as a change to your email address or bank details). You can do this in your Account.
To meet our regulatory, licence and other legal obligations and business requirements, we may from time to time (including during and/or at any time after registration) ask you to comply with Verification Requests. This could include providing personal details and copies of documentation such as your passport, driving license, other government-issued photo ID, utility bills and/or bank statements, attending phone or video calls, and/or recording playing sessions.
People located in certain jurisdictions (the “Prohibited Jurisdictions”) must not make deposits into their Accounts, play Real Money Games, and/or otherwise access or use the Services. The Prohibited Jurisdictions are: (a) any location which is subject to any trade or economic sanctions, embargos or similar laws or regulations from time to time, such as Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria and the Luhansk, Donetsk and Crimea Regions of Ukraine; and (b) the USA. These restrictions apply equally to residents of Prohibited Jurisdictions as to residents of other jurisdictions when located in a Prohibited Jurisdiction. If you are a resident of another jurisdiction and you move or travel to a Prohibited Jurisdiction, you may request a withdrawal of any positive Account balance. We will process that request unless we have a right to delay the withdrawal, void any related transactions, or recover or not pay out any balance, winnings, funds, rewards or other credits under the General Terms. It is a Prohibited Event if we discover or have reason to believe that you are accessing or attempting to access the Services from a Prohibited Jurisdiction.
You must not attempt to circumvent the restrictions set out in Section 9.1 or any other geographical requirements related to holding or using an Account. To do so would be a serious breach of the General Terms and therefore a Prohibited Event. An attempt at circumvention includes manipulating the information used by us to identify your location (such as by using a VPN) and/or providing us with false or misleading information about your location or place of residence.
Part B Section 4 and Section 5 explain the Deposit Requirements and general rules about deposits and balances. In addition to these, you must not directly or indirectly use a credit card to deposit funds into your Account (for example you must not use a credit card directly or use a digital wallet to deposit funds that are ultimately from a credit card).
We apply a net deposit limit to all User Accounts, which means there is a maximum amount that you can deposit into your Account over a certain period. For more information about this, please see here.
Part B Section 5 explains how we treat all customer balances. Account balances on the Website are held in a formal trust account which is legally and practically separate from our operational expenses and is verified and subject to controls by an independent trustee or external auditor. This arrangement meets the Gambling Commission of Great Britain’s requirements for the protection of customer funds at the “high” level (see here for more information about that).
You may request a withdrawal of your deposit balance or winnings at any time (including if a bonus is pending or active). You may not reverse any withdrawal request once requested. Part B Section 9 explains how withdrawals and returns are processed and when they may be delayed.
Real money transfers may be made between Users in the Gaming Platform for the sole purpose of playing Real Money Games. To make a transfer of real money to another User via the Gaming Platform, you will need to enter the amount to transfer and the Username of the intended recipient. You must only make transfers on the basis of your own freely made choice, and you must ensure you know who the other User(s) is/are before making any transfer.
You may not withdraw funds directly received from a transfer. All transferred funds must be used to play Real Money Games, and you may request a withdrawal of any resulting winnings. We will process that request unless we have a right to delay the withdrawal, void any related transactions, or recover or not pay out any balance, winnings, funds, rewards or other credits under the General Terms. To help protect Users, guard against money laundering and fraud, and ensure the integrity of the service, winnings arising from Real Money Games played with transferred funds will be reviewed before they may be withdrawn. Users may be asked to comply with certain Verification Requests or provide other reasonable information in order for a transfer to be processed and/or before you will be allowed to withdraw any such winnings.
Where appropriate we will restrict your Account by setting limits on the amounts or availability of transfers (either generally or for a specific User) and/or decline or reverse any transfers, if we become aware or reasonably suspect the sending or receiving User has been involved in any Prohibited Event (and we will otherwise deal with your Account as set out in Part B Section 17).
Part B Section 14 explains what the Prohibited Events are, and Part B Section 17 explains when we will restrict, suspend or close your Account for Prohibited Events. Additional examples of restrictions that we will (in the relevant circumstances) impose include: (a) you will be prevented from making real money deposits into your Account until you have complied with the Verification Requests set out in Part A Section 8.2; and (b) the restrictions on real money transfers between Users set out in Part A Section 12.3.
If we discover or determine (acting reasonably) that you have been involved in any Prohibited Event then, except where the Prohibited Event is either: (a) your failure to comply with any Verification Requests (which is dealt with as set out in Section 14.5 below); or (b) your failure to meet the Account Requirement that you must be at least 18 years of age (which is dealt with in Section 14.6 below):
13.2.1 we will: (a) void any transactions (including, if applicable, bets and purchases of Virtual Items); and (b) withhold all or part of any balance on any Account used by you and any winnings, funds, rewards or other credits awarded to you, in each case to the extent the relevant transactions/balance/winnings/funds/rewards/credits are attributable to such Prohibited Event; and
13.2.2 if we ask you to, you must repay all or part of any such balance, winnings, funds, rewards or other credits that you have withdrawn or used, and any chargebacks, in each case to the extent attributable to such Prohibited Event.
If you have been involved in the Prohibited Event of failing to comply with Verification Requests or another check or request for information reasonably required to meet our legal, regulatory or internal requirements, we will only delay or withhold a withdrawal or return of any positive balance on your Account to the extent necessary for regulatory or legal reasons (such as the prevention or detection of money laundering or fraud).
If we discover (after you’ve successfully opened an Account) that you are under 18 years of age then your Account will be closed, all transactions (including bets) made via your Account will be voided, all funds deposited by you will be returned to you, and we may make a report to the relevant authorities.
You may at any time ask us to close your Account. To do so, please contact us.
We may close your Account at any time for any reason in our discretion (which we don’t have to tell you) by giving you reasonable notice. This does not affect our rights under the General Terms to close your Account for other reasons (such as a change in law or regulation, or if you are involved in a Prohibited Event – see Part B Section 17 and Part B Section 18).
Except under Part B Section 21.1 and save in respect of any winnings lawfully due to you, our maximum liability to you under the General Terms in relation to any one incident or series of related incidents is limited to: (a) where such liability relates to a specific stake, bet or wager, the value of such stake, bet or wager paid by you; (b) where such liability relates to the misapplication by us of funds in your Account, the amount that has been lost or misplaced by us; or (c) in any other case GBP 5,000.
We will not be responsible to you under the General Terms, nor do we owe you a duty of care, for our compliance or non-compliance with any regulatory obligations that we may be under from time to time including those relating to safer gambling or social responsibility.
If you have a complaint, please provide us with as much detail as possible. We will acknowledge your complaint within 24 hours from when we receive it, and we will provide you with a final letter as soon as possible and in any event within 8 weeks of the date we received your complaint. In the letter we will let you know our final decision, confirm that we have reached the end of our complaints process, and explain how to escalate your claim should you wish to do so. If you do not provide us with adequate information to help us process your complaint then we may not be able to keep to this timescale for handling it, and we may ‘stop the clock’ and wait until you provide us with adequate information.
If you feel your complaint hasn’t been satisfactorily resolved within 8 weeks of the date we received it (taking into account any periods when the clock was stopped), you may choose to contact our third-party dispute resolution provider, IBAS. For further details visit IBAS’s website here. There is no charge for using IBAS.
The General Terms are governed by English law.
If you wish to bring proceedings against us, you can do so in the English courts. If you live in a different part of the United Kingdom, then you can bring proceedings in either the English courts or the courts of your country of residence.
Nothing in the General Terms affects the rights that may be granted to you as a consumer under mandatory provisions of any applicable consumer law.
The English language version of the General Terms will take precedence if there is any discrepancy between any translated versions of the General Terms.
19.1.1 Except for our responsibility under Part B Section 21.1, the Services are provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis. We do not guarantee which Games or other Services will be available via the Website at any time, or that the Services or Software will be free from Errors, Malfunctions or Interruptions. Part B Section 10 explains our rights if any Error, Malfunction or Interruption happens to the Services or Software while you are using them.
19.1.2 We may suspend, modify, or remove in whole or part and/or add to the Services in our discretion. Where possible this will be on prior notice to you, however some amendments to the Services may need to be made with immediate effect and without notice (for example if any urgent maintenance is required).
Promotions are made available in our discretion. We may at any time exclude the availability of a promotion to any person for any reason, although this will not affect any free bet, bonus or other promotion that you have already placed a qualifying bet towards unless we are required to prevent the completion of any such free bet, bonus or other promotion for legal or regulatory reasons.
By checking to confirm you’ve read and understood the General Terms, you are also confirming that you have read and understood the above Rules, which are incorporated into the General Terms by reference. The Rules are important. You should read the relevant Rules carefully and in full before accepting the General Terms and in any event before using the Services or playing the Games to which they relate. The Rules apply in addition to the General Terms. When using the relevant Services or Games, references to the General Terms include the Rules corresponding to them. If you don’t agree to the Rules or any part of them, you shouldn’t access or use the Services or Games to which they relate.
SETTING UP YOUR ACCOUNT
You need to create an Account to use certain Services. You can do this by clicking ‘Join’ and following the on-screen instructions. You will need to choose a Username and secret password.
There is no payment required for downloading or accessing the Services or Software or creating an Account. The costs of playing the Games are set out on the Website and in the Gaming Platform
We are under no obligation to open any Account. We may refuse to open an Account for any reason (including failure to meet any Account Requirements).
You must maintain the confidentiality and security of your Login Credentials, and not disclose your Login Credentials to anyone. You are solely responsible for all use of the Services under your Login Credentials, whether or not authorised by you (unless such use is directly caused by our failure to exercise reasonable care and skill). If young people are sharing or have access to your devices, you should install parental control software. We recommend that you use a strong password and you change it on a regular basis. You must tell us about any unauthorised use of your Login Credentials or Account as soon as you suspect or become aware of it.
Users are only allowed one, unique Username across all Services. Your Username and any avatar, image or other name you choose to use in connection with the Services must not include any Unauthorised Content. You grant us, for the benefit of Flutter Group, a worldwide, irrevocable, transferable, royalty free, sublicensable license to use those items for any purpose connected with the Services.
If we discover that you hold one or more Duplicate Accounts, then (unless you have opened them deliberately or fraudulently), we will close each Duplicate Account, leaving you with only a single Account. Acting reasonably, we will determine which is the Account to leave open, and which are the Duplicate Accounts to close.
Subject to the General Terms, you may hold an Account and deposit or withdraw funds to and from it in the currencies and payment methods available on the Website from time to time.
A minimum and/or a maximum may apply to the amount that you can deposit into your Account in a single transaction using certain payment methods. If applicable, the amounts will be stated on the Website and/or in the Gaming Platform.
Your deposit will be available in your Account as soon as your bank or other payment method authorises the amount you choose to deposit. We give no guarantees about the amount of time needed to complete processing, because it is an Event Beyond Our Control.
Account balances are kept in segregated accounts and are not used by us for operational expenses. This ensures that your funds are always available for you to withdraw in accordance with our banking and security policies and procedures, our license requirements, best practice, and the General Terms.
We are not a bank or financial institution. Monies deposited with us will not accrue interest and we do not offer any credit.
You may only place bets up to the value of the cleared funds in your Account.
We only accept bets made online via the Website and on the Gaming Platform. Bets are not accepted in any other way, including by email, post or phone, and will not be valid if received in such a way.
It is your responsibility to ensure that the details of your bet are correct. Once a bet has been confirmed by us, you cannot cancel or change it without our consent. If you’ve placed a bet and wish to cancel or change it, please contact us before the relevant event upon which the bet is placed has started and we will consider your request, although any decision will be at our reasonable discretion.
No bet is placed unless you receive an on-screen message confirming that it has been received.
If any Real Money Games are available for you to play in a currency which is different to the currency of your Account, then to play them you can add a second currency to your Account. Alternatively, you can simply attempt to join a Game in the currency you would like to add, and we will automatically add the currency and make the conversion for you. With automatic conversion selected, any time that a currency conversion is required it will be performed automatically, and you won’t be notified. A minimum conversion amount will apply, as set out on the Website and/or in the Gaming Platform.
All currency conversions made via the Website and Gaming Platform will take place at the current prevailing rate that we offer for the transaction type in question (this will be notified to you on the Website or Gaming Platform when you make a conversion). Where currency conversion is available, the rate of exchange we offer is the mid-market exchange rate offered by XE plus a small margin (though we may, in our discretion, waive the margin for some types of transactions). The conversion rates will be updated on a regular basis, and it is possible that different rates may be offered depending on the type of transaction and movement in currency value. We may, in our discretion, revoke or withdraw support for any particular currency without notice.
When currency is converted, any cancelled or rejected withdrawals from your Account will be returned to you in the currency and amount you originally requested, not the converted amount (for example, if your Account is in EUR and you tried to withdraw EUR 100 converted to USD, EUR 100 will be returned to your Account). Any cancelled or rejected deposits to your Account will debited from your Account in the converted amount (for example, if your Account is in EUR and you made a deposit in USD, the EUR value will be debited from your Account), and if you don’t have enough funds in your Account to cover the debited amount you will need to top up your Account.
You should be aware of fluctuations in the exchange rate and the impact this could have on your available funds. Where currency conversion is available for your Account, it is your responsibility to check the applicable rates before proceeding with transactions involving currency conversion. We are not responsible for gains or losses incurred by making currency conversions through the Services.
We are not a currency exchange. Where available, currency conversion via your Account is only to facilitate genuine gameplay. You must not use your Account or any other part of the Services to engage in currency trading, speculation or arbitrage (to do so would be a serious breach of the General Terms and therefore a Prohibited Event).
We will take action to help maintain the integrity of any available currency conversion facilities. This could include:
7.6.1 declining or reversing any currency conversion transactions made via your Account;
Subject to the General Terms (including any right to void any transactions and recover or not pay out any balance, winnings, funds, rewards or other credits under the General Terms), we will credit your Account with your winnings as soon as practicable.
You are solely responsible for reporting your winnings and losses if required by any law, regulation or relevant authority (including any tax authority) applicable to you, and for paying any taxes that may be payable on any funds or prizes awarded to you through your use of the Services. We do not provide advice about tax regulatory or legal matters. If you need any such advice, you should contact appropriate advisors and/or authorities independently.
If any sales or value-added tax applies to any payments made by you in connection with your use of the Services, such payments shall be treated as inclusive of all such tax.
To request a withdrawal, log into your Account and follow the on-screen instructions. The withdrawal methods offered to you vary depending on your country of residence and will be notified to you on the Website and/or in the Gaming Platform.
If you need to withdraw an amount which is less than any applicable minimum for a particular payment method, you can either use a different payment method or you can contact us.
Each withdrawal request, and any return to you of funds, will be processed so long as:9.2.1 all payments made into your Account have been confirmed as cleared and are not the subject of any chargeback, reversal or other cancellation claim; and
If there is an ongoing investigation into any Error, Malfunction or Interruption or suspected Prohibited Event related to your use of the Services, the withdrawal will not go through unless and until the investigation has been resolved to our reasonable satisfaction. Part B Section 10 explains when we will void transactions and recover or not pay out winnings, funds, rewards or other credits resulting from any Error, Malfunction or Interruption related to your use of the Services. Part B Section 17 explains when we will restrict, suspend or close your Account or void transactions and recover or not pay out winnings, funds, rewards or other credits attributable to any Prohibited Event. You should read these sections carefully and ensure you understand what they mean for you.
You acknowledge that any delay in providing information we ask for in connection with any investigation may result in a delay to the processing time for the withdrawal or return.
When you withdraw or we return any funds to you, they will be credited to the same payment method that you used to make the deposits. If that payment method is no longer available, then we will credit them to a different payment method agreed by us in accordance with the General Terms. For each payment method, withdrawals are applied back to your oldest deposit first and your most recent deposit last. When applying withdrawals back to previous deposits, they are converted to the currency your previous deposits were processed in (where applicable). Withdrawals that exceed the total amount you’ve deposited are converted to the currency your last deposit with the given payment method was processed in (where applicable).
Withdrawal and return processing times vary according to the type of payment method used. We will make reasonable efforts to ensure that transfers in and out of your Account are processed in a timely manner, but we can’t guarantee the amount of time needed to complete processing (or that any estimates will be processed exactly as described), because it is an Event Beyond Our Control.
Errors, Malfunctions or Interruptions in the Services or Software may or may not be apparent to us or to you at the time, and they may only come to light as and when settlement instructions, Game outcomes, winnings or withdrawal requests are investigated and analysed by us retrospectively. You must not abuse or take advantage of any Error, Malfunction or Interruption which is or becomes apparent to you (for example by exploiting it to obtain winnings). If any Error, Malfunction or Interruption is or becomes apparent to you, or you suspect that it may be occurring to any part of the Services you are using, you must stop using that part of the Services immediately and tell us about it.
You must provide any information we reasonably require in connection with any investigation into any Error, Malfunction, or Interruption.
If, as a result of an Error, Malfunction or Interruption in the Services, your Account is credited with winnings, funds, rewards and/or other credits that you would not have received were it not for that Error, Malfunction or Interruption (“Erroneous Credits”), we will void the relevant transaction and withhold or recover the Erroneous Credits. This applies even if the relevant part of the Services could have produced the same or similar amount of winnings/funds/rewards/credits absent the Error, Malfunction or Interruption and applies whether or not the Error, Malfunction or Interruption was apparent to you or to us at the time. If you have withdrawn any Erroneous Credits, you must pay them back to us as and when we ask you to.
If, due to an Interruption, you are disconnected from a multiplayer poker Game, then you will be treated as sitting out and default actions will be taken on your behalf (for example check, fold, or the automatic posting of blinds) until you are able to re-join the relevant Game.
Some Play Money Games include virtual items such as virtual chips (“Virtual Items”). Depending on which (if any) such Game(s) is/are available on the Website, you may be able to “earn” Virtual Items through gameplay and/or “buy” them with real money. These “real world” terms are used figuratively, which means you have no right in or title to any Virtual Items, whether “earned” in a Game or “bought”. Any virtual currency or similar virtual balance shown in your Account (for example in any Play Money Games where the amount of your balance is shown in dollars) does not constitute a real-world balance or reflect any stored value, but instead represents the extent of your license to use the relevant Virtual Items in-Game. If any Game on the Website allows you to “buy” Virtual Items for real money and we send an email confirming how many Virtual Items you have “bought”, you should check it is correct and keep a copy for your records.
Where it is possible to “buy” Virtual items, we may change the pricing for any such Virtual Items at any time. Prices will be stated on the Website, Gaming Platform and/or in the relevant Game.
Virtual Items (where available) are for in-Game use only. You must not sublicense, trade, sell, or transfer Virtual Items for value of any kind outside of the relevant Game, or attempt to do any of these things (to do so would be a serious breach of the General Terms and therefore a Prohibited Event).
Virtual Items (where available) will not be usable if either: (a) the Game in question is withdrawn for any reason; or (b) the Virtual Item in question is withdrawn for any reason. We will try to give you reasonable prior notice of any withdrawal of a Game/Virtual Item. If we do not give you such prior notice for whatever reason, you will be entitled to contact us for a refund of any unused Virtual Items that you have “purchased” with real money (but not where “earned” through gameplay) and which are affected by the withdrawal of the Game/Virtual Item. However, if we give you reasonable prior notice of a withdrawal of a Game or Virtual Item, you will not be entitled to a refund of any affected Virtual Items and we will have no further responsibility to you.
12.1.1 engage in any behaviour when using the Services which: (a) is abusive, offensive, malicious, threatening, harassing, insulting, intimidatory, defamatory, racist, discriminatory (including when playing Games or waiting for other Users to make a move in a Game, and in your general interactions with our staff or other Users); (b) is intentionally disruptive (for example by sending multiple and frequent messages to drown out legitimate chat (“flooding”) or repeatedly asking other Users for chips); or (c) could otherwise cause distress, harm or inconvenience to any other person;
You acknowledge and accept that: (a) communications you send via the Services are not private or confidential and may be viewed and used by others accessing the Services; and (b) we will moderate chat facilities.
We will review chat content, keep a record of all statements made on the chat facility, and take action retrospectively if necessary. Please let us know if you have been a victim of chat abuse. We will keep your complaint anonymous and deal with every case seriously.
We are proud of the products we have created and which we make available to you, and it’s important to us (and our licensors) to protect them. Flutter Group and its licensors are the owners of all rights, title and interest, including all copyright, trade secrets, trade marks and other intellectual property rights, in and to the Services and Software. All such rights are reserved.
Subject to the General Terms we grant you a royalty-free, limited, non-exclusive, non-transferable, non-sublicensable, revocable right to install and use the Gaming Platform on your device and to play Games. This license is granted for your private personal use only. You must only use the Services in accordance with their intended functionality and these General Terms.
You must not, except to the extent permitted by applicable laws:
Each of these actions is an “Unauthorised Use”.
The following are “Prohibited Events”:14.1.1 if at any time you provide incorrect or misleading registration details for your Account;
You must tell us straight away if you suspect or become aware that any Prohibited Event has been or is being committed by any User, and reasonably assist us with any investigation into it (including by providing any information we reasonably request).
We may (in addition to our other rights) take steps to detect and prevent the use of Prohibited Tools and Services and Prohibited Player Assistance Practices. You must not attempt to bypass, interfere with, or block such steps in any way, whether by using software designed for the purpose or otherwise (to do so would be a serious breach of the General Terms and therefore a Prohibited Event).
We do not endorse or provide any guarantees about any Permitted Tools and Services, as they are not within our control. Your use of them is entirely at your own choice, risk and cost.
The historical data of each Real Money Game will be recorded on our servers and in our databases. In the event of any discrepancy between a result displayed on your device and the records on our server or in our databases, our records will prevail. You also accept that our “Instant Hand History” and “Hand Replayer” features will not be considered as the official historical record of any hand.
We will restrict or suspend your Account, your ability to play Games, and/or any other aspect of your access to or use of the Services, where we have reason to believe that you have been involved, or are likely to be involved, in a Prohibited Event.
A “restriction” is where a limitation is placed on your access to or use of a particular product, feature or part of the Services or your Account. An example of a restriction is that if you take part in Unethical Play, we will restrict seating and/or prohibit Users from playing at a particular poker table or in a particular tournament (this may include restricting two or more Users from playing together at the same table or in the same tournament and does not affect any other actions we are allowed to take under the General Terms).A “suspension” is where you are temporarily prevented from accessing your Account or the Services as a whole.
Your use of the Services/Account will remain restricted/suspended while the matter is investigated and/or until our checks have been completed. If the investigation results in our decision (acting reasonably) that the issue has been resolved to our satisfaction, we will lift the restrictions/suspension (either in full or in part). However, if the investigation results in our decision (acting reasonably) that you have been involved in any Prohibited Event, then we will permanently restrict or close your use of the Services/Account.
If we restrict, suspend or close your use of the Services/Account under this Section 17 then:17.3.1 we may notify other companies in Flutter Group and any account(s) you hold with them may also be restricted, suspended or closed;
Your funds cannot be accessed or withdrawn during periods of suspension, and any balance will remain in your Account.
If you have engaged in any illegal activity, we are under no obligation to permit you to withdraw or return to you any funds in your Account.
We will restrict, suspend or close your Account, the Services (in full or part) or your access to or use of them, if required for legal or regulatory reasons or if we reasonably believe there to be a security risk.
You remain responsible for activities using your Account until it is closed. We will tell you when your Account will be closed and we will return any positive balance on your Account at that time, unless we have a right to delay the return, void any related transactions, or recover or not pay out any balance, winnings, funds, rewards or other credits under the General Terms.
You acknowledge and accept that gambling involves an inherent risk of losing money, and we have no responsibility for any such loss.
Except under Part B Section 21.1, we will not be responsible for any failure or Interruption in or to any part of the Services or the performance of our obligations under the General Terms, or for any other liability or loss, resulting from any Event Beyond Our Control. For example, we are not responsible if your connection or equipment is slower than other Users’, and it affects your performance in time critical products.
We may suspend or cancel all or any part of the Services if, despite making reasonable efforts to do so, we are not able to provide the Services or any part of them due to any Event Beyond Our Control.
Except under Section 21.1, we will not be responsible under the General Terms for any loss:21.2.1 that could not have been reasonably expected by you and us at the time you register your Account or enter into a transaction on the Services. In all circumstances this includes any loss of income, business, savings or profits;
You must compensate us for any costs, charges or losses sustained or incurred by us arising from your participation in a Prohibited Event.
If there is a cap on our total liability to you, or your liability to us, it will be set out in Part A. Any such cap(s) on liability will not affect our responsibility under Section 21.1.
The General Terms are personal to you. You may not transfer your rights or obligations under the General Terms to anyone else.
We may transfer any or all of our rights and/or obligations under the General Terms to another company in Flutter Group or any other legal entity (for example if we restructure or there is a sale of our business). We will ensure that the transfer will not negatively affect your rights under the General Terms.
If you breach the General Terms and we take no action against you, we will still be entitled to use our rights and remedies in any other situation where you breach the General Terms (including if the same breach happens again).
If there is any inconsistency between the provisions of the various parts of the General Terms, the order of precedence (1 taking highest precedence) is: 1) Part A; 2) Part B; 3) Part C; 4) the summary; 5) the introduction.
The following capitalised words and phrases have the following meanings in the General Terms:
Account: A User account on the Gaming Platform and/or Website (on the Website and in the Gaming Platform also referred to as “Stars Account”).
Account Requirements: The eligibility criteria for creating and using an Account, as set out in Part A Section 6.
Deposit Requirements: The deposit requirements listed in Part B Section 4.2.
Duplicate Account: This is defined in Part B Section 3.1.
Erroneous Credits: These are defined in Part B Section 10.3.
Error: Any omission, incompleteness, mistake or error in or relating to the Services, whether human, technical, administrative, operational, systematic, a combination of any or all of these, or otherwise. For example, the mistaken offer of incorrect prices or terms for participation in a Game.
Event Beyond Our Control: Any event beyond our reasonable control such as: (a) war, terrorist activity, riots, malicious damage, fire, flood, storm, nuclear accident, disease, epidemic or pandemic (such as Covid-19); (b) the actions of any government or authority (including the introduction of any new law, any governmental, authority or court order, rule, regulation or direction, and the refusal or revocation of any license or consent); (c) any defect, outage, slowness, capacity constraint or other deficiency affecting any telecommunications network, internet access service or device used by you to access or use the Services; (d) any delay, failure or suspension affecting any banking network or other payment processing system used in connection with the Services (including any processing delay, reprocessing or reversal of a transaction, or the seizure or freezing of funds by any third party involved in the processing of funds); and (e) any charge or fee applied by your card issuer, bank, wallet provider, or financial institution in connection with your use of the Services.
Flutter Group: The group of companies that are controlled, directly or indirectly, by Flutter Entertainment Plc (including us).
Games: The Real Money Games and Play Money Games (and‘Game’ means any one of them).
Gaming Platform: The gaming platform(s) made available to you in connection with the Website.
Interruption: Any break in the continuity or uniformity of or interruption or delay in or to any part of the Services, for example if a Game freezes while you are playing it or you lose internet connectivity.
Login Credentials: Your Username, password, and any other security credentials used to access your Account (such as multi-factor authentication, RSA token data and any PIN, depending on what is available for the Website).
Malfunction: When any technology, software, automated process or set of instructions, data or programs used to execute specific tasks fails to operate as designed or intended. For example, if a virus affects the Services, or when computer hardware or software deviates from its intended performance specifications or parameters, or where two pieces of software fail to interface or communicate with each other in the manner designed or intended, in either case producing a result which is not the result that was designed or intended.
Permitted Tools and Services: Any online or offline tool or service used to help improve your performance in a Game, which is not made available by us but is expressly permitted by us for use in connection with the Services, as stated on the Website and/or in the Gaming Platform.
Play Money Games: Any “play money” or play for free games available via the Website or Gaming Platform.
PokerStars/we/us/our: The relevant Flutter Group contracting party, as identified in Part A Section 2.1.
Prohibited Events: Certain events and practices that are not allowed in relation to the Services or Software, as defined in Part B Section 14.1.
Prohibited Player Assistance Practices: In connection with the Services the practices of: (a) datamining hands, results, statistics or feeds (for example observing Games without playing in order to build up a database of hand histories for future reference); (b) using hands, results, statistics or feeds acquired through datamining; or (c) mass sharing hands, results, statistics or feeds for the purpose of analysing opponents.
Prohibited Tools and Services: Any online or offline tool or service (including artificial intelligence, “bots” and other computer programs and software) which is used to execute or assist in the execution of any action relating to the Services and is designed to provide an unfair advantage to Users, including those which: (a) play without human intervention or reduce the requirement of a human to make decisions (for example by helping you decide what action to take in respect of a bet or the exact relative size of any bet or raise, including “auto-folders” and tools that randomise the size of bets); (b) offer real-time advice on what action to take; (c) share hole card data with other Users or services; (d) is targeted towards the manipulation of opponents in Games in which you are unable to choose a specific table to play on; (e) is designed for poker table selection efficiency, for example by filtering or sorting available tournaments, or automating/semi-automating the process of joining available tournaments based on opponent gameplay statistics or notes; (f) is designed for ring game selection efficiency; (g) automate mouse clicking or simulate keyboard input (“auto clickers”); (h) delay a player’s decision by either a specific or randomized amount of time; or (i) during Game play: (i) provide advice beyond a basic level (such as a large collection of tables offering recommendations beyond whether to play certain hands or not in unopened pots); (ii) are designed specifically to ease referral to reference material; or (iii) compute advanced equity calculations, such as range vs range simulators, ICM or Nash Equilibrium-based programs.
Real Money Games: The real money gaming and gambling products available via the Website and Gaming Platform.
Rules: Any additional terms and conditions identified in Part A as forming part of the General Terms.
Services: The Website, Gaming Platform and Games.
Software: All software underlying the Services (whether downloadable or not).
Unacceptable Conduct: This is defined in Part B Section 12.1.
Unauthorised Content: Any content (including photographs, images and text) which: (a) is offensive, racist, discriminatory, blasphemous, pornographic, obscene, vulgar, profane, indecent, abusive, threatening, harassing, insulting, intimidatory, defamatory, expresses or is liable to incite racism, bigotry or hatred, unlawful or illegal; (b) advertises, promotes or otherwise relates to any online or offline ventures, products or services other than the Services; (c) infringes any intellectual property, privacy, image or other rights; and/or (d) you’re not permitted to use.
Unauthorised Use: This is defined in Part B Section 13.3.
Unethical Play: Cheating, collusion, team play, game manipulation, or other unethical play of any kind when using the Services, including: (a) sharing poker hole cards; (b) playing less aggressively against a partner in a poker Game (“soft playing”); (c) playing a Game a certain way for the benefit of another User, for example by intentionally losing a poker hand in order to deliberately transfer chips to another User (“chip-dumping”); (d) intentionally manipulating play in order to end a poker Game quickly or prematurely (for example “flipping”); (e) card counting (except in peer-to-peer poker Games); and/or (f) during Game play, discussing table strategies, chatting about the hand in play, or engaging in any other communication that might give an advantage to other Users.
User: Any end user of any Services (including you).
Username: The unique username used for your Account login/identity.
Verification Requests: Any request for you to prove you are who you claim to be, including any request for you to prove your identity, addresses, age, circumstances, funds and/or other details.
Virtual Items: Certain virtual items within Games, as defined in Part B Section 11.1.
Website: The website(s) listed in Part A Section 5 and any related mobile sites and apps.
You/you: You as the User of the Services.
The terms include, including, for example, such as and in particular or any similar expressions used in the General Terms mean something is illustrative only, and they do not limit the scope of the words preceding them.
Headings used in the General Terms are for convenience only, to help you find your way around the document and understand what the relevant section is mainly about. They do not affect the interpretation of the General Terms.
INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR ACCOUNT AND YOUR CONTRACT WITH US1. Who we are
INFORMATION ABOUT GAMES AND SERVICES19. Availability of the Services
SETTING UP YOUR ACCOUNT1. How to create an Account
HOW YOUR FUNDS ARE MANAGED4. Deposits
WHEN WE WILL VOID TRANSACTIONS AND RECOVER OR NOT PAY OUT BALANCES AND WINNINGS10. Errors, Malfunctions and Interruptions - when we will void transactions and recover or not pay winnings
HOW VIRTUAL ASSETS ARE MANAGED11. Virtual Items
YOUR USE OF THE SERVICES
12. What we mean by ‘Unacceptable Conduct’
13. Our intellectual property and what we mean by ‘Unauthorised Use’
14. Prohibited Events
15. Rules about using third party tools and services
16. Our decisions about Games are final
ACCOUNT CLOSURE, RESTRICTION AND SUSPENSION17. When we will restrict, suspend or close your Account for Prohibited Events
WHEN WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE AND WHEN YOU MUST COMPENSATE US20. We are not responsible for any Event Beyond Our Control
LEGAL STUFF22. How we use your information
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Version no: 1.1
In force from: February 9, 2023