Possible Underage Player Places in Sunday Million

March 24, 2011

When PokerStars awarded sixth-place finisher, “zeurr” with a $518K payout for the Sunday Million earlier this month, it didn’t take long for the chatter regarding the player’s age to start. The 17-year-old Jimmy Jonker is technically not of age to play, or win for that matter, online poker at PokerStars. Now Jonker’s father, Jos Jonker, 47, is claiming he was actually the one playing, although Jimmy was allegedly tweeting and commenting on the poker forums during and right after the Sunday Million tournament about playing in the event, himself.

It is still not clear exactly who the account is registered to. If it’s in Jimmy’s name, then he would have had to lie about his true age when he registered, as the minimum age requirement at PokerStars is 18.

The tournament in fact set a new record for biggest prize pool at $11.8 million, and the final nine players struck a deal and took a nine-way split of the remaining prize pool, which is how player zeurr ended up with the $518,204 payout.

Whether the account was in the elder Jonker’s name or not, if in fact it is proven that it was the younger who played in the event, then they both violated PokerStars T&C anyway. Stars reserves the right to deny payment to a fraudulent account anyway, as stated in their Terms & Conditions.

Terms state: “If a User breaches in whole or in part any provision contained herein, PokerStars reserves the right to take such action as it sees fit, including terminating this Agreement, immediately blocking access to the Service to such User, terminating such User’s account with PokerStars, seizing all monies held in the relevant PokerStars account and/or taking legal action against such User.”

PokerStars has not made a statement regarding how they will handle the situation or how they will redistribute the payment if it is confiscated.


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