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Austria – PokerStars told it can’t operate in Austria via its Maltese platform

By - 28 October 2021

Austria’s Supreme Court (OGH) has has ruled that Pokerstars does not have a national gaming license in Austria, and cannot offer poker to players in Austria via its platform in Malta. 

The law firm G&L Rechtsanwälte (Gottgeisl & Leinsmer) has seen one client, a Pokerstars player in Vienna, be reimbursed the €28,000 he lost in online poker between 2014 and 2019. Pokerstars had filed an appeal against the judgment of the regional court for civil matters and also against the judgment of the higher regional court of Vienna but it was ultimately unsuccessful. The courts ruled that because the defendant does not have a license for gambling in Austria, the contracts held with the player are null and void. 

Attorney Karim Weber from the law firm G&L said he has over 2,000 player lawsuits with numerous other lawsuits against Pokerstars pending. Online gambling in Austria is only allowed by the state-owned Casinos Austria group with its win2day.at platform. 

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