PokerStars Adopts New COVID Refund Policy in Live Tournaments

According to the latest news about the poker industry, online cardroom PokerStars has updated its refund policy in live tournaments. From now on, European Poker Tour (EPT) organizers will reimburse buy-ins for players tested positive for COVID-19.

The company adopts new refund rules in response to rising concerns among poker fans. The Twitter thread, started by poker professional Justin Bonomo, urged live events organizers to create the guidelines for participants of EPT that have contracted COVID.

In which cases will players get the EPT entry fee back?

PokerStars lined out the following refund rules for its live championships, including the European Poker Tour:

  1. If a player is tested positive before the start of an event, they are entitled to a 100% refund;
  2. If a game has already started and the money hasn’t been reached yet, a player with a full starter stack will get back the full buy-in and registration fees. Player’s chips will be removed from the table;
  3. If an event has started and is out of funds, a player with less than starting pack will be reimbursed a sum proportional to their stack;
  4. Players who tested positive can’t return to an event once the game has started and the money ranks have been reached. Their stack remains in the game until hidden, the sum of the payout to the player depends on their ending position.
  5. In all cases of refund, COVID-19 positive players get back their entry fee;
  6. During the final event, the remaining players ask the PokerStars management to contact a tested player to arrange a deal.

Unlike PokerStars, the WSOP rules for the 2021 championship didn’t provide any refunds for COVID-19 positive participants.  

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