These terms and conditions of use (the "Agreement") should be read by you in their entirety prior to your use of the online poker service called Home Games ("Home Games"). Please note that the Agreement constitutes a legally binding agreement between you and Sachiko (referred to herein as "Sachiko" or "us", a company incorporated in West Bengal, India, and with registered office in 109/25 Hazra Road, Shop 1-A, Ground Floor, Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
By entering into this Agreement, you acknowledge that the trademark PokerStars (the "Brand") is owned by Rational Intellectual Holdings Limited ("RIHL") and licensed to Sachiko in India. As such, where used and the context allows, the term "Rights Holders" means us, Sachiko, RIHL and its group companies.
Sachiko is the licensee in India of the Brand and poker platform containing various skill game based services, including the Home Games, at www.pokerstars.in (the "Site") and it hereby offers the Home Games to you on the terms and conditions governing your use of the Home Games set out below.
Please note that Home Games is designed to replicate the poker experience you would have with your friends at home. You are therefore likely to be playing a poker game with people you know, some or all of whom may be playing from the same physical location. It is your responsibility to ensure that it is legal for you to play Home Games before you do so.
Be aware that the Rights Holders shall not bear any responsibility nor shall it incur any liability in connection with the conduct of any Home Games user violating the terms and conditions of this Agreement or any other policy or rule specified by the Rights Holders in connection with Home Games.
Home Games provides you with the opportunity to invite your friends and close community members to play home games regardless of where they are in the world. The essence of Home Games means that you can choose to compete in ring games and tournaments, across a huge variety of poker variants allowing you to experience the convenience, competition and fun in playing online home games with people you know. Your use of Home Games should contribute to and be consistent with the essence of Home Games. Player data, rankings, club statistics and many other game results ("Data Tools") are provided via Home Games, all with the sole aim of furthering your social and competitive experience amongst your friends or close community members. None of the Data Tools nor any information deriving from such Data Tools may be used or provided to any Club Manager, Member or other third party for any financial benefit. Sachiko reserves the right, in case it finds or suspects any abuse of the essence of Home Games or that any Data Tool, or information derived from any Data Tool, is being used by you or has been used by you for any financial benefit, to suspend your use of Home Games and/or to close the related Club at any time, in its sole discretion.
Defined terms used in the End User License Agreement shall have the same meanings in this Agreement.
The following words and phrases used in this Agreement shall have the following meanings (unless the context clearly requires otherwise):
For the purposes of the End User License Agreement:
A phrase introduced by the term "including", "includes", "include" or "for example" means "including without limitation" and shall not limit the sense of the words preceding that term.
Words importing the singular include the plural and vice versa, and words importing a gender shall include all genders.
A reference to a "Clause" is a reference to a clause of this Agreement.
Sachiko retains authority over the:
The decision of Sachiko' management with respect to any aspect of a Club, or your use of Home Games (including your Club and membership status) is final, and shall not be open to review or appeal.
If you are a Club Manager you must read and comply with all explanations, instructions and guidelines concerning Home Games provided on the Site from time to time.
2. Club Managers are ambassadors for the Brand and must project the best image for the Brand and Home Games, both to Members and to the general public. You must not act in any manner which in our opinion brings or is likely to bring any of Rights Holders into disrepute or is materially adverse to the interests of any of the Rights Holders
In addition, if you are a Club Manager you agree that you will:
On establishing a Club, the Club Manager must choose a Club name and logo. Once approved, the Club name may not be changed unless it is subsequently determined that the name is not compliant with Clause 3.5.
In addition to Clause 3.4 the Club Manager must not choose a Club name, logo or image which:
Without derogating from Clauses 3.4 and 3.5 above, all Club names and logos are subject to review and approval by Sachiko. Sachiko reserves the right in its discretion to reject any Club name, logo or image at any time without needing to specify the reasons for the rejection.
The Club Manager must not engage in spamming or other intrusive techniques to solicit Members. Each Club Manager is solely responsible for the content of emails sent by him.
Club Managers are not permitted to charge Members a fee for joining a Club.
If you are a Member you agree that you will:
To the extent that you invite other people to join your Club, as a Member you must not engage in spamming or other intrusive techniques to solicit Members, including but not limited to unsolicited advertising within other Clubs. Each Member is solely responsible for the content of emails sent by him.
You shall not use Home Games to promote any service or product of any party except the Rights Holder's (for example by linking to the websites of third parties or displaying the advertising of third parties), or in any way encourage Members to play online poker on the websites of the Rights Holders' competitors.
You are not permitted to post links on or otherwise link from the Site or any part of it (including those parts of the Site connected with your Club) to any third party website that promotes a competitor of the Rights Holders, suggests an association, approval or endorsement of the Club on the part of the Rights Holders, or violates any term of this Agreement or the End User Licence Agreement.
You may link to the Site from any website that is owned by you, or in an email sent by you, provided that (i) you do so in a way which is fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it, and (ii) you do not suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on our part where none exists. Your right to link pursuant to this Clause 5.3 cannot be sub-licensed, assigned or otherwise transferred by you. We reserve the right to withdraw this right to link at any time.
Home Games is intended solely for your personal entertainment (whether you use it as a Club Manager or Member) and must not in any way be used to create any financial gain or other pecuniary advantage to you or to any other User of Home Games. Prohibited conduct in connection with use of Home Games includes (but is not limited to) the following:
You acknowledge and accept that a HG Game is likely to include players who know each other, and some or all of those players may be playing that HG Game from the same physical location. By your acceptance of this Agreement, you confirm and agree that it is legal for you to participate in Home Games in your jurisdiction.
Your Sachiko player account User ID will also be your Club Manager or Member identifier, and will be displayed to the Club Manager and Members in the Home Games lobby, Club lobby and (if the Club Manager opts-in for inclusion in directories) public directories of Clubs. Thus, people who know you through Home Games and/or your Club will also know the identity of your Sachiko player account User ID. If you do not agree to this, you must not use Home Games. Users are not permitted to have more than one, unique User ID.
Sachiko may review Club chat logs for any purpose including to check your compliance with this Agreement and the End User License Agreement.
You agree to accept emails from us relating to your Club activities, including schedules for HG Games, results and standings. You may opt out from receiving such emails at any time on a Club-by-Club basis. Please note that, unless you opt out from a particular Club’s emails, you will receive these emails even if you have opted out of receiving promotional or other emails in relation to the Site.
Sachiko may from time to time suspend Home Games in order to perform necessary maintenance (or for any other reason permitted by the End User License Agreement), although if possible we will give you notice of such suspension. In the event of such suspension, it may be necessary to cancel scheduled HG Games. The Club Manager has no responsibility for any such suspension.
If you are a Member, you acknowledge that the suspension described in Clause 8.1 is beyond the Club Manager’s control. Notwithstanding this, if you have any queries about suspension you should refer to your Club Manager in the first instance.
If you are a Club Manager, you agree to take prime responsibility for dealing with Member queries relating to any suspension described in Clause 8.1.
You may unregister from an HG Tournament any time up until two minutes before its scheduled start time. You will forfeit your buy-in if you fail to play an agreed HG Tournament without unregistering in time, and Sachiko will not refund you.
Sachiko allows you to use Home Games on the basis that you will not commit any fraud or dishonesty. You agree that you will not commit, or procure, encourage, assist or support the committal of, any fraud or dishonesty or other behaviour which is illegal or prohibited by us (as specified in this Agreement, the End User License Agreement, or otherwise on or via the Site) in relation to a Club or the use of Home Games ("Fraudulent Behaviour").
Sachiko takes Fraudulent Behaviour extremely seriously. In addition to any other rights or remedies Sachiko may have under this Agreement, the End User License Agreement, at law or otherwise, any User found to be involved in Fraudulent Behaviour may be reported to the relevant authorities.
The Club Manager must reasonably monitor the activities of his Club for evidence of Fraudulent Behaviour, and report to Support any known or suspected Fraudulent Behaviour in accordance with the provisions of Clause 3.3.
Without limiting Clause 9.3, each Member must be alert to evidence of Fraudulent Behaviour relating to his Club and must report to Support any known or suspected Fraudulent Behaviour in accordance with the provisions of Clause 4.1 (f).
In the event that we believe you may be in breach of any provision of this Agreement or the End User License Agreement, or for any other justifiable reason, the Rights Holders reserve the right (without prejudice to their other rights or remedies under this Agreement, the End User License Agreement, at law or otherwise) to immediately:
You agree to fully indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Rights Holders and their 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:
Under no circumstances, including negligence, shall Sachiko or its service providers be liable for any special, incidental, direct, indirect or consequential damages whatsoever (including damages for loss of business profits, business interruption, loss of business information, or any other pecuniary loss) arising out of or in connection with this Agreement, even if Sachiko and/or its service providers had prior knowledge of the possibility of such damages or if such losses were reasonably foreseeable.
Sachiko reserves the right to update or modify this Agreement or any part thereof at any time without notice and you will be bound by such amended Agreement 14 days after it was posted at the Site, unless communicated and instructed otherwise. 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.
This Agreement and any matters relating hereto shall be governed, interpreted by, and construed in accordance with the laws of India. All disputes, differences, complaints etc., shall be subject to Arbitration under the Indian Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996. The arbitrator will be appointed by Sachiko. The place of arbitration shall be Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. Subject to arbitration as provided above, the courts at Mumbai shall have the exclusive jurisdiction.
If a provision of this Agreement is or becomes illegal, invalid or unenforceable in any jurisdiction, that 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.
Sachiko and/or the Rights Holders, as applicable, reserve the right to transfer/assign their rights or obligations under this Agreement to any of their group companies or any other legal entity (including but not limited to instances where any of the Rights Holders restructures their business or if there is a sale of their business). You agree that the Rights Holders may do so provided that in the case of a transfer/assignment, after the applicable Rights Holder/s notifies you of the date on which they transfer/assign their rights and obligations under this Agreement, your rights in connection with this Agreement will be against the new legal entity. This Agreement is personal to you and you shall not transfer your rights or obligations under this Agreement to anyone else.
No waiver (express or implied) by the Rights Holders of any breach of any provision of this Agreement (including the failure of the Rights Holders 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 person who is not party to this Agreement (including any Club Manager or Member of your Club other than you).
Nothing in this Agreement shall create or be deemed to create an employment, partnership, agency, trust arrangement, fiduciary relationship or joint venture between you and us.
This Agreement and the documents referred to in it constitute the entire understanding and agreement between you and us regarding Home Games and supersede any prior agreement, understanding, or arrangement between you and us relating to Home Games.
The English language version of this Agreement shall be the prevailing version in the event of any discrepancy between any translated versions of this Agreement.