Amaya’s fight against a potential $870m payout to the Commonwealth of Kentucky has taken another turn after Rational Group’s former owners refused to allow $300m held in escrow to be retained against the potential fine.

Amaya said in December that it would seek recovery from Rational Group of any fine payable by the company in relation to the activities of PokerStars prior to its acquisition. Later that month, the Commonwealth of Kentucky secured a court order for the payment of $870m relating to PokerStars real-money activities in the United States between 2006 and 2011.

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