U.S. Judge hands Flutter Entertainment $100m bill


Flutter Entertainment said on Thursday it was disappointed after the Kentucky Supreme Court denied its appeal against PokerStars $100m (£72.1m) bill from authorities in Kentucky. 

The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled in December that PokerStars was “an illegal internet gambling criminal syndicate” that raked in more than $290 million from about 34,000 Kentuckians from 2006 to 2011.

Wagering on online poker is illegal in Kentucky. State law allows lawsuits to recover money lost to such gambling, with tripled damages. The state has pursued such a suit against PokerStars owner Flutter Entertainment through the last three governors.

PokerStars doesn’t currently offer online poker in Kentucky, but it does under a license in several other states. Some small offshore poker sites still offer online poker to Kentuckians.