Investigation Leads to Everleaf Online Gaming Network Banning Americans

Published Friday, February 10, 2012 -

The online poker shake up last year in the USA is still reverberating in poker circles around the world. The latest related fall out is coming from the Everleaf Gaming Network.
An announcement on the Everleaf Gaming Network’s web site informed players looking to log on that there has been a terms and conditions change and even before being allowed to go to the administration or accounts section players were required to submit their agreement to the newest terms. Even though the Everleaf Gaming Network already prohibited play from those fans in Malta they were upset with the additional rules, notably #18 which states, No person who is resident in Malta, France and USA may open an account, play, or in any other way participate in the ELG offerings and/or services. Players from France and the USA are now refused access.

An investigation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has resulted in the changes in the terms and conditions that must be adhered to in order to participate in the network. The Department of Homeland Security has seized a payment processor and funds held by that US facing operation.
U.S. players are continuing to play for real money at Everleaf Gaming Network tables and it is not clear as to when current players will be told to stop. US officials have asked in no uncertain terms that the Everleaf Gaming network cease and desist operations immediately. The licensing body for the network the Lottery and Gaming Authority of Malta said the company would comply and remove itself from the US facing market. It has not been revealed how long the process of payments of outstanding accounts owned by US players will take.
Once U.S. players vacate the network, the entire network will convert to the use of Euros as the sole currency. More details are expected in the short term regarding cash outs and timelines for the suspension of US players.



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