PokerStars must pay state $1.3B

The Kentucky Supreme Court ended the state’s decade-long legal battle with an online poker company Thursday, upholding a Franklin Circuit Court ruling from 2015 ordering PokerStars to pay damages of nearly $1.3 billion.

The commonwealth won the original judgment seeking $300 million from PokerStars for collecting that amount from its offshore operation of illegal online gambling in Kentucky from 2007 to 2011.

However, the Kentucky Court of Appeals reversed that lower court decision and dismissed the case two years ago, ruling the state lacked the standing to file the claim and could not identify any individuals with standing who lost money to PokerStars.

In a 4-3 decision, the Kentucky Supreme Court reinstated the original judgment, with the amount of the damages owed by PokerStars growing to $1.3 billion due to interest.

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