Pokerstars is celebrating December by hosting a December Festival, where $1 million will be given out to players playing at the cash-game tables. However, things didn't go according to plan for the world's biggest poker site, as the Milestone hand was being played on Vladimir IV 5/10 – A play-money table.
This marks a big issue for Pokerstars in several area's. The main problem is that play-money hands should not count towards Milestone hands, as they are not real-money games which now means that the hand count in the Milestone counter must be wrong.
The second issue is a lot worse, as when the Milestone hand was awarded to the play-money table, two American play-money players were sitting at the table. Americans are not allowed to play real-money games on sites not regulated in the US and with them potentially having won their share of several thousand dollars, Pokerstars could potentially have been in trouble again.
The error however was quickly discovered by someone at Pokerstars, as they decided to simply close down the table. Pokerstars has yet to make an official statement on the issue, but it is expected that the play-money players will receive some sort of compensation and that the Milestone hand-counter bug needs to be fixed. The bad publicity for Amaya and Pokerstars just keep's on coming.
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