This end user agreement (the "Agreement") should be read by you (the "User" or "you") in its entirety prior to your use of PokerStars School's service or products. Please note that the Agreement constitutes a legally binding agreement between you and Rational Content Ltd. (referred to herein as "PokerStars School", "us" or "we") which owns and operates the Internet site found at www.PokerSchoolOnline.com (the "Site"). PokerStars School is an affiliate company of Rational Entertainment Enterprises Limited (referred to herein as "PokerStars") which owns and operates the Internet site found at www.pokerstars.eu (the "PokerStars Site").
As some of the services and products provided by the Site are available also to those who are not PokerStars School Members, the terms and conditions of this Agreement also apply, mutatis mutandis, to users who are using the Site without prior registration.
1. General Terms
- Subject to the terms and conditions contained herein PokerStars School grants you a non-exclusive, personal, non-transferable right to use the PokerStars School services, products and content provided on the Site, including text, images, pictures, graphics, photographs, animations, videos, music and audio (the "Site Content") (and all together: the "Service"). Any person who has completed the process of registration on the Site is referred to herein as a "PokerStars School Member".
- The Service is not for use by (i) individuals under 18 years of age, (ii) individuals under the legal age of majority in their jurisdiction (each of the above referred to herein as "minors"), or (iii) individuals connecting to the Site from jurisdictions from which it is illegal to do so. PokerStars School is not able to verify the legality of the Service in each jurisdiction and it is the User's responsibility to verify such matters.
- We reserve the right at any time to request evidence of age in order to ensure that minors are not using the Service. We further reserve the right to suspend or cancel your account and exclude you, temporarily or permanently, from using the Service if satisfactory proof of age is not provided or if we suspect that you are a minor.
- The Service is intended solely for the User's personal use. A User may only have one account with PokerStars School and shall only use the Service by means of such single account. Furthermore a User shall not permit another person to use the Service via his account.
- PokerStars School retains authority over the issuing, maintenance, and closing of Users' accounts with PokerStars School. The decision of PokerStars School's management, as regards any aspect of a User's account, use of the Service, or dispute resolution, is final and shall not be open to review or appeal.
- You expressly allow PokerStars School to make the following information about you available to other users of the Site (whether registered or not) as part of your public profile: your User ID, the date on which you registered on the Site, the time you last logged in to the Site, the country of your residence, the avatar you chose, your personal image, your "message" to the other users, your tournament results and your current level on the PokerStars Site.
2. No Warranties
- PokerSchoolOnline disclaims any and all warranties, expressed or implied, in connection with the Service (including the Site Content) which is provided to you "AS IS" and we provide you with no warranty or representation whatsoever regarding its quality, fitness for purpose, completeness or accuracy.
- The Site Content may include legal information regarding different aspects of the game of poker. This information is provided to you as general background and does not constitute, nor is it intended as, legal advice. We strongly recommend that you consult with a qualified attorney in respect of any specific matter.
- Regardless of our efforts to provide you with services of the highest quality, safety and security, we make no warranty that the Service will be uninterrupted, timely or error-free, that defects will be corrected or that the services found therein shall be free from viruses or bugs.
- PokerSchoolOnline reserves the right to suspend, discontinue, modify, remove or add to the Service and to the Site Content in its absolute discretion with immediate effect and without an obligation to provide you with notice and we shall not be liable in any way whatsoever for any loss suffered as a consequence of any decision made by PokerSchoolOnline in this regard.
- You agree that under no circumstances will PokerSchoolOnline, or one of its affiliates, be liable or responsible for (a) any loss or damage suffered by any user of the information contained on or omitted from the Site; (b) any user's reliance on the Site Content, whether or not the Site Content is correct, current or complete, (c) the consequences of any action you or any other person takes or fails to take, whether or not based on the Site Content or as a result of the use of the Site.
3. Intellectual Property
- The term "PokerStars School" and any other trade marks, service marks and/or trade names used by PokerStars School on the Site from time to time (the "Trade Marks"), are the trade marks, service marks and/or trade names of PokerStars School or one of its group companies and/or its licensors, and these entities reserve all rights to such Trade Marks.
- The Site Content belongs to PokerStars School or one of its group companies and is protected by copyright and/or other intellectual property or other rights. You hereby acknowledge that by using the Service and the Site you obtain no rights in the Site Content, or any part thereof. Under no circumstances may you use the Site Content without PokerStars School's prior written consent.
- You may use the Site Content for your own personal use and research. You may not republish, retransmit, redistribute or otherwise make the material available to any other party or make the same available on any website, online service or bulletin board of your own or of any other party or make the same available in hard copy or on any other media without PokerStars School's express prior written approval.
4. Forums, Chats and Blogs.
- As part of the Service PokerStars School offers you the opportunity to access and to post messages regarding poker on the Site's forums, chats and blogs (together: the "Discussion Services") in English only. Each User must fully comply with and adhere to the following provisions in order to access and use the Discussion Services. A User's access to or use of the Discussion Services will be deemed to express his or her unreserved acceptance of all of the provisions contained herein.
- Users are prohibited from posting any unlawful, obscene, libelous, defamatory, threatening, personal or private information of or about other people or other material that would violate any law or generally be considered to be offensive. This general rule also applies when a User uses the PokerStars School Member's images option or in correspondence with PokerStars School's staff.
- Users are prohibited from making any statements which promote any service or product of any party except PokerStars School or PokerStars. Furthermore, Users shall not make statements about PokerStars School, PokerStars or the Service that are untrue or would reasonably be considered to be derogatory or critical.
- The Discussion Services are for personal and non-commercial use only. The following uses of the Discussion Services are, without limitation, prohibited: (a) advertising or selling any products, services or otherwise (whether or not for profit) soliciting others or using the Discussion Services for commercial purposes of any kind; or (b) posting on or transmitting through the Discussion Services any messages or comments for commercial purposes of any kind including, without limitation, advertisements, surveys, contests, pyramid schemes, chain letters, charity requests, petitions for signatures, junk email, spamming or any duplicative or unsolicited messages (commercial or otherwise).
- Users may not use the Discussion Services to collect or harvest personal information about other Users, including Internet addresses, for the purpose of sending any advertisements, surveys, contests, pyramid schemes, chain letters, charity requests, petitions for signatures, junk email, spamming or any duplicative solicitations through other means (email, messaging programs, etc.).
- Users are prohibited from using the Discussion Services for posting content which contains software, programs or application which may damage or adversely affect the software or hardware of the Site or of other users.
- Any of the aforementioned prohibited uses of the Discussion Services shall be deemed a violation of this Agreement and PokerStars School shall be permitted, in its sole discretion, to take any legal or technical action it deems appropriate with respect to the same, including temporarily or permanently blocking of the User's account.
- Each User is solely responsible for the accuracy and legality of his own postings on the Discussion Services and each User will be solely liable for any false, misleading, inaccurate, infringing or other actionable material contained or referred to therein. By posting any content on the Site you warrant that you have full rights to post that content on the Site, and that the Site's use of that content does not violate any third party's rights.
- PokerStars School reserves the right to monitor all postings made by Users and to delete or amend, without prior notice, such postings as it sees fit and Users shall have no claims whatsoever against PokerStars School in such regard.
- Further, PokerStars School reserves the right to permanently block access to the Discussion Services to those Users who repeatedly or severely violate the provisions herein. PokerStars School's decision in relation to complaints received shall be final and not open to review or appeal.
- As PokerStars School cannot, and does not undertake to monitor all postings made by Users, any Users who register a complaint about postings made to the Discussion Services may write to PokerStars School at firstname.lastname@example.org, clearly explaining the nature of the complaint. PokerStars School's decision in relation to complaints received shall be final and not open to review or appeal.
- You acknowledge and accept that all content posted on the Discussion Services becomes the property of PokerStars School, and that PokerStars School may reuse, republish and reproduce this content in any way it may deem fit, including for commercial purposes.
- Each User agrees to indemnify and keep indemnified PokerStars School and its respective directors, officers, employees and agents from and against any and all liability, damages, losses, claims (including reasonable legal fees) resulting in any way from his or her use of any postings made to the Discussion Services or from any other matter relating thereto including but not limited to use of the information posted on the Discussion Services. Further, each User waives any right to bring any claim or action against PokerStars School for any loss, damage or injury arising from use of the Discussion Services or any material posted on the Discussion Services.
- PokerStars School does not warrant the accuracy or veracity of any material or information on the Discussion Services, the responsibility for which rests solely with the users. Each User accepts that the Discussion Services and the materials therein are posted and provided "AS IS" with any faults or failings and without any representation, warranty or guarantee whatsoever, express or implied, including without limitation any implied warranty of accuracy, completeness, quality, merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or non-infringement. In no event will PokerStars School be liable for any injury, loss, claim, damages or any special, incidental, consequential, exemplary or punitive damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with any User's access to, or use of the Discussion Services or any material thereon or any goods, materials or services promoted therein, whether based in contract, tort and whether negligent or otherwise, even if PokerStars School has been advised of the possibility of such damages.
- Without prejudice to any other of PokerStars School's rights, if a User breaches in whole or in part any provision contained herein, PokerStars School reserves the right to take such action as it sees fit, including terminating this Agreement, immediately blocking access to the Service to such User, terminating such User's account with PokerStars School, or taking legal action against such User.
- You agree to fully indemnify, defend and hold harmless PokerStars School and its shareholders, directors and employees from and against all claims, demands, liabilities, damages, losses, costs and expenses, including legal fees and any other charges whatsoever, howsoever caused, that may arise as a result of:
- your breach of this Agreement, in whole or in part;
- violation by you of any law or any third party rights; and
- use by you of the Service or use by any other person accessing the Service using your Login Credentials (as defined below) , whether or not with your authorization.
6. Limitation of Liability
Under no circumstances, including negligence, shall PokerStars School be liable for any special, incidental, direct, indirect or consequential damages whatsoever (including, without limitation, damages for loss of business profits, business interruption, loss of business information, or any other pecuniary loss) arising out of the use (or misuse) of the Service even if PokerStars School had prior knowledge of the possibility of such damages.
7. Security and Your Account
- Each User account on PokerStars School shall be accessible through the use of a combination of a unique User ID ("User ID"), identical to your User ID on the PokerStars Site, and a unique and secret password ("Password"), which is different from the password used by you on the PokerStars Site (the User ID and the Password together being referred to as the "Login Credentials").
- The User agrees that he/she is solely responsible for all use of the Service under his/her Login Credentials and that he/she shall not disclose the Login Credentials to any person whatsoever.
- The User shall keep his/her Login Credentials secret and confidential at all times and make all efforts to protect their secrecy and confidentiality. Any unauthorized use of the Login Credentials shall be the sole responsibility of the User and be deemed as his/her use and he/she shall bear any liability resulting therefrom.
PokerStars School reserves the right to update or modify this Agreement or any part hereof at any time without notice and you will be bound by such amended Agreement within 14 days of it being posted on the Site. Therefore, we encourage you to visit the Site regularly and check the terms and conditions contained in the version of the Agreement in force at such time. Your continued use of the Site shall be deemed to attest to your agreement to any amendments to the Agreement.
9. Governing Law
The Agreement and any matters relating hereto shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the Isle of Man, excluding those provisions pertaining to conflict of laws. Each party irrevocably agrees that the relevant courts of the Isle of Man shall have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any claim, dispute or difference concerning the Agreement and any matter arising therefrom and irrevocably waives any right that it may have to object to an action being brought in those courts, or to claim that the action has been brought in an inconvenient forum, or that those courts do not have jurisdiction.
If a provision of this Agreement is or becomes illegal, invalid or unenforceable in any jurisdiction, this shall not affect the validity or enforceability in that jurisdiction of any other provision hereof or the validity or enforceability in other jurisdictions of that or any other provision hereof.
PokerStars School reserves the right to assign this agreement, in whole or in part, at any time without notice. The User may not assign any of his/her rights or obligations under this Agreement.
12. Poker League & My Stats
- By participating in our PokerSchool Leagues you are agreeing to have your league play data aggregated with all of the other league participants to determine averages and other benchmarks for league play.
- League participants will also be able to view their own personal league play statistics from their profile page. Statistics data is private and not visible to other members. Users can opt-out of this feature by indicating their preference on their profile. Once a user has opted out, all of their play data will no longer be associated with them, though it will continue to be used in aggregate.
- A user may opt back in to the stats feature, but only data from that point on will be available, as all previous data will have been irrevocably anonymized within the PokerSchool system.
- Statistical data recorded is subject to change but may include Hands Played, Showdowns Won, Tournaments Played, In the Money, All-ins Preflop, Final Tables, Tournaments Won, League Prize Money, % Showdown Winner, VPIP, Steals, PFR, 3bet, C-bet, Post Flop Aggression Frequency, Trickiness and Shooter Factor.
- No waiver by PokerStars School of any breach of any provision of this Agreement (including the failure of PokerStars School to require strict and literal performance of, or compliance with, any provision of this Agreement) shall in any way be construed as a waiver of any subsequent breach of such provision or of any breach of any other provision of this Agreement.
- Nothing in this Agreement shall create or confer any rights or other benefits in favour of any third parties not party to this Agreement.
- Nothing in this Agreement shall create or be deemed to create a partnership, agency, trust arrangement, fiduciary relationship or joint venture between you and us.
- This Agreement constitutes the entire understanding and agreement between you and us regarding the Service and supersedes any prior agreement, understanding, or arrangement between you and us.
- Any prizes which are offered on this Site are subject to the applicable regulations in force in the jurisdiction in which the winner of any prize is based. Accordingly, we may be prohibited from awarding any advertised prize if to do so would be contrary to applicable legislation in force.
Isle of Man, May 2010