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Suspected Age Controversy Mars Record Sunday Million

14/3/2011
The record-breaking fifth anniversary edition of PokerStars’ Sunday Million tournament has been marred by controversy surrounding the age of sixth-place finisher “zeurrr”.

The player claimed $518,204 – the fourth highest payout in the event – after a nine-way chop was agreed based on chip stacks, but a Dutch newspaper is now reporting that “zeurrr” may have been underage.

According to AD Sportwereld, “zeurrr” is actually 17-year-old Jimmy Jonker, who reportedly tweeted and posted on forums about playing in the 59,128 runner tournament, which would violate Stars’ terms and conditions.

Attempts to get in touch with Jonker have so far been unsuccessful, with his father Jos Jonker insisting to reporters that it was in fact him who was playing in the special edition $5 million guaranteed tournament under his own account and not his son.

The allegations create two potentially disastrous scenarios for the Jonker family as if the account is indeed registered under Jimmy’s name then he will have breached site rules by lying about his age, while if the account is actually Jos’ and his son was playing for him, then both players will have violated the PokerStars terms of service.

Either scenario would involve a thorough investigation of the player’s tournament resulting in the possible seizure of funds and even legal action. In such an event, the money “zeurrr” received would likely be redistributed between the remaining players.
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