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Gordon Vayo is facing mounting pressure in the case against Rational Entertainment Enterprises Limited (REEL), following newly-surfaced proof that he has been using forged ATM documents to build his case and demand payment of over $600,000.
Gordon Vayo Goes on the Charm Offensive against PokerStars
It all began in May, more or less. Gordon Vayo, an established name in the poker industry, announced that he was suing PokerStars over the company’s failure to meet financial obligations towards Mr. Vayo to the tune of $692,000.
According to Mr. Vayo, this was the sum he managed to win during the 2017 SCOOP series hosted by the company. Originally, the lawsuit was lodged with a U.S. District Court and it featured a number of legal arguments, including counts of fraud, deceit, false advertising, and to top it all off – breach of contact.
Mr. Vayo was going all in, to borrow a poker term. He was seeking to collect his winnings which weren’t honored after PokerStars had launched an investigation into Mr. Vayo’s actual location at the time of the tournament itself, establishing that he was playing from the United States, which is a banned jurisdiction for PokerStars.
And now, five months after the case has been lodged and well under way, Mr. Vayo seems to be sounding a retreat. The reason? He’s accused of having hired forgers to help him alter ATM receipts and thus sway the outcome of the legal pursuit in his favor.
Altering the Record Is Never a Good Idea
On Monday, November 12, new evidence surfaced. Rational Entertainment Enterprises Limited (REEL), the parent unit of PokerStars, presented a new piece of evidence to the District Court for the Central District of California, which clearly indicated the possibility that Mr. Vayo had most likely doctored ATM receipts in an attempt to cheat his way through the case.
Since Mr. Vayo’s decided to drop the case against PokerStars, it’s now REEL who’s coming back after him. According to REEL’s accusation, Mr. Vayo had altered the ATM receipts to show that he was in Ottawa Canada at the time of the game, but that was false, REEL said.
The third party who informed REEL of Vayo’s forgery said that he (the third party) had spoken to the Forger. Stern Decl. 25. The Forger told the third party that Vayo contacted the Forger for assistance creating a virtual private network (“VPN”) for Vayo to use while he was playing on REEL’s site in California to create the false appearance that he was in Canada.
At the time when the SCOOP took place, Mr. Vayo claimed to have been in Canada while forgetting to switch his virtual private network (VPN), because he was accustomed to using one. The accusation against Vayo is shaping up, as the court documents are now offering a damning proof of Mr. Vayo’s alleged misbehaviour.
If the allegations prove right in the end, PokerStars have said that they would seek damages, explaining that Mr. Vayo’s lawsuit was frivolous. With this in mind, Mr. Vayo could be forced to pay the amount he was fighting for, and very likely – much more.