The Kentucky Supreme Court on Thursday reinstated an award of more than $1 billion against the illegal internet gambling site, PokerStars. The Supreme Court ruling reversed an appeals court ruling that had ruled in favor of PokerStars.
The state originally filed suit against the site in Franklin Circuit in 2010. It claimed PokerStars had collected $290,230,077 over a five-year period from about 34,000 Kentucky gamblers. The state sought triple damages plus interest from the site, which was run offshore by a criminal syndicate, according to the ruling.
The Court of Appeals reversed the circuit ruling, declaring that the state had no standing to pursue a judgment against the site. The state appealed that ruling to the state’s high court.
In its ruling, the Supreme Court declared the state has standing to bring the action as a “person.” It said the award should not be considered a windfall.