Player sues PokerStars over tournament win

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The Isle of Man Today is reporting that Natalie Teltscher has filed a lawsuit against PokerStars over a tournament she claims to have won on the poker site in September 2007.

Teltscher, who plays online as the VOid, won the 2007 World Championship of Online Poker main event on PokerStars for a top prize of more than $1.2 million. However, PokerStars claims Teltscher isn't entitled to the winnings because she was disqualified for breaching tournament rules.

The poker site claims that Teltscher didn't play the game herself, but instead had an agent play on her behalf.

Teltscher said she had agreed with a third party that they should play the entire tournament on her behalf. After 22 hours of play, her account the VOid was one of two left in play in the tournament, and the players decided to split the remainder of the prize pool, giving the VOid a $1.228 million payday.


PokerStars told the High Court in Douglas that Teltscher claims she never entered or played in the tournament and the poker site was entitled to disqualify both her and the person who is supposed to have played under her user name because they breached tournament rules.

According to Isle of Man Today, Deemster David Doyle adjourned the case. He ruled that the contractual issue had to be determined before any other issues could be addressed.

They would first need to determine if the player is contractually entitled to the money won by her account, and whether or not the poker site was entitled to disqualify the player.

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