PokerMatch International is confirming that business continues as usual, despite the suspension of its Ukrainian arm.
On Friday, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zilensky released a statement stating that 287 businesses and 120 people had been sanctioned in the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine due to allegedly having ties to Russia.
The group issued a statement that said that it was in keeping with GR8 Technology: “We would like our partners to know that these sanctions do not have any impact on international operations of PokerMatch.”
“The company will not abandon its plans to develop new areas and continues to provide its customers with a full array of services including fulfilling all its obligations.
“The PokerMatch brand deeply regrets that its partner was included in the sanctions list. We consider this decision to have been erroneous.”
According to the company, it was the first company in the world to ban Russian players’ accounts in the early days after the war. All Russian assets were removed from its platform and all associated partnerships were terminated.
PokerMatch also spoke out about its support for Ukraine. They said that PokerMatch “stands at origins of the revival in sports poker in Ukraine”, citing the support of a national poker team travelling to Dublin as a debutant in the world poker championship.
The statement continued, “We have no doubts that the honest name and identity of the partner will remain protected by all legal means. We also expect the state to change its position with respect to the company, devoted in Ukraine.
“The PokerMatch brand supports Ukraine’s desire to rid the market of illegal operators and Russian-linked companies.
“Mistakes are possible in this difficult undertaking. In a war situation, the Ukrainian government is right to move quickly and clearly.
“We hope there will be an opportunity for open dialog with the authorities to solve acute problems and contentious situations.” The company will continue to monitor the unfolding events.”