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Aussie online poker site PokerStars is being shut down on Sunday, the day before the opening weekend of the PGA Championship at the Arnold Palmer International Golf Links in Glendale, Arizona.
The company, which had a US presence until early last year, announced the shutdown on its website, saying: “We have made a decision to stop operations on Sunday May 1st at 5:00pm NZT due to increased demand for our services and the need to provide our customers with a suitable alternative.”
The announcement came just two days before the PPG event, which will feature the US Open, and also comes as the US Government announced a $25 million reward for information leading to the capture of two members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS).
“While this announcement is concerning, it does not represent the decision of PokerStars, its management, or the Australian government,” PokerStars said in a statement.
“The decision to close the website has been taken in light of growing concerns regarding the safety and security of our customers and customers of Poker Stars, as well as the impact of this event on our customers’ confidence in the ability of the site to be used.”
PokerStars CEO and co-founder Michael O’Donnell told the ABC that the decision to shut down the site was a last-minute effort to get the site up and running again.
“We wanted to be able to start again and do this in a more responsible and safe way.
We have to take care of our shareholders, our partners and our employees.
We are working through this issue in a thoughtful and responsible way, and hopefully we’ll be back in business soon.”
In a statement, PokerStars reiterated that it was in no way involved in the decision-making process for the closure, which was made without any prior consultation with its investors.
“Pokerstars remains committed to providing a safe and secure experience for our customers, and we are working with our stakeholders to find a way forward in a safe, responsible and fair way,” the statement said.
“To that end, Pokerstars will continue to operate the site on a day-to-day basis until this process is resolved.”PPG announced the closure on its Facebook page: “Withdrawal of all PGA players, including PGA Tour players and the Pinnacle Tour, is the last resort for PGA tour players who feel they are not receiving a fair, consistent and fair playing experience.”
Online poker has become one of the most popular ways for players to bet online and it is widely believed that the growing popularity of the online poker market is contributing to the decline of Australian online poker.
Last week, PGA announced it was going to shut its online site in order to better prepare for the PDC in the UK.
Online poker is increasingly popular with people wanting to bet on events at a higher risk level, such as at the PGC, which is expected to bring in $200 million to the Australian economy this year.
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