Online gambling is not looked well upon in Russia these days, as they continue to add more and more domains to the official blacklist registry, according to an article from Pokerfuse. In the past month, around 50 or so domains has been added to the already long list of blocked gambling sites, which is now in the same category as pornography, illegal politic videos as well as other sites promoting illegal activities.
Most of Pokerstars domains have been blocked now, along with their other brand Full Tilt Poker. But also other larger brands such as 888 and Party Poker has had their websites blocked in Russia. However the poker clients are not blocked from accessing the servers, which means that the sites can continue to operate normally with the regular customers and will only have a problem with registering new customers from Russia.
Some sites have decided to stop accepting Russian players however, as Betfair and Everest Poker send out a notice to their players and partners stating that they would no longer accept Russian players. For Pokerstars however, the situation is the same as always and they will continue to serve Russian players.
“At this time we do not believe recent developments in Russia changes our ability to offer services to Russian players. As such our operations continue as usual,” A Pokerstars statement to Pokerfuse.com stated.
“Our terms and conditions make it clear that our services are not for use in jurisdictions where it is illegal to do so, but the measures taken by Roskomnadzor … does not affect players’ ability to continue playing at Full Tilt Poker or PokerStars,”