PokerStars forex spread

edited 20 May 2020 at 3:46PM in Gaming MoneySaving
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edited 20 May 2020 at 3:46PM in Gaming MoneySaving
I play poker on PokerStars. Sometimes I win and withdraw funds, sometimes I lose and top up my account. Games are played in USD so my Sterling is converted into USD when I deposit or is converted from USD to Sterling when I withdraw. I worked out yesterday's forex rates and saw they convert USD to GBP at 1.25 but from GBP to USD at 1.18. That means a 5-6% spread is being levied. Is this a cost to PokerStars which they are passing on to us, or are they sneakily taking an extra profit?
Edit: this is being discussed at this thread on the Savings & Investments board.

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