PokerStars is no longer accepting players from Peru. The room announced on the PokerStars LATAM profile on X, formerly known as Twitter. The reason for ending operations in the country is the change in Peruvian law. In October, the lawmakers passed Law 31.557. It regulates the exploitation of online gaming and sports betting and came into effect on the day of PokerStars’s announcement.
The statement says, “Due to the new regulation, starting this Thursday, February 8, our services will not be available in Peru. We want to ensure that players’ funds are safe and can be withdrawn at any time. Entries in tournaments that had not yet started will be refunded, and non-promotional rewards will be converted into cash and added to your accounts.”
The profile also responded to a follower’s question with the statement. “Due to the new regulation and the deadlines set, we have decided not to apply for a license.”
Law No. 31.557 passed last October and regulates the exploitation of online gaming and sports betting. Sites wishing to operate in the country now need a license from the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism.
PokerStars LATAM profile also responded to another follower’s question and stated, “At the moment, there are no plans to return to this market, but we will inform of any news or changes in the situation.”