Everleaf Gaming Network Bans Players from United States and France
The Everleaf Gaming Network has prohibited all residents in the United States from using its services after the company received a cease and desist order from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
In a post at TwoPlusTwo on Thursday, a representative from Minted Poker revealed that the network faces legal action if it continues to facilitate its services in the U.S. Minted Poker is one of more than 100 skins on the Everleaf Poker Network.
"The network owners have today sought legal advice and also met with the LGA, the Maltese Licensing Authority, who have advised them that due to the nature of the threat and the current climate, the network needs to withdraw its services from U.S. customers," said the representative. "I really understand how this will worry our players especially those in the U.S., but I also wish to reinforce that all monies held by all poker players, U.S. and rest of world, are secure and ring fenced."
Everleaf also banned residents of France from playing on the network. The site updated its Terms and Conditions on Thursday to read the following: "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."
Everleaf was one of only a few networks providing real-money online poker to players within the U.S. after Black Friday. Now that the U.S. government has applied pressure to one of the remaining offshore networks, time will tell whether others like the Merge Gaming Network, Bovada, and the Cake Poker Network follow.
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