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David Baazov, the former CEO of the Amaya gaming group, will now have to wait until April 16 to for his trial on charges of insider dealing relating to the 2014 acquisition of PokerStars by Amaya, reports La Presse.

The trial was scheduled to begin on Monday, February 26, but, acknowledging a request for more time from Baazov’s legal team, Judge Salvatore Mascia has pushed the start date back to mid-April.

The high-profile trial of Baazov and co-defendants Benjamin Ahdoot and Yoel Altman was originally to begin last December but was put back to February in order to allow the legal teams to sift through new evidence.

“Given the millions of documents recently brought to the attention of the defence, we are getting time to get to know this material that has nearly four million items. And this number of items could increase as the data is analysed,” said a spokesman for Baazov.


The accusations relate to alleged market manipulation ahead of the US$4.9bn acquisition of PokerStars by Amaya.

If the trial begins in April as planned, it is likely to run until at least September.