Posts Tagged ‘Everleaf Gaming’

Is Everleaf Gaming going to pay US Players?

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

A few months ago, the online poker world suffered another blow when the Everleaf Gaming network decided to pull out of the US market. Their reasoning was that the US Department of Homeland Security sent them a cease and desist letter, which made banning Americans reasonable. However, what’s not reasonable is the fact that – three months later – no serious efforts have been made to refund players’ money.

Following their pullout from the US online poker market, Everleaf Network sites claimed that American deposits were safe. In fact, a Minted Poker rep even posted a statement in the ever-popular TwoPlusTwo forums that read, “I really understand how this will worry our players especially those in the US, but I also wish to reinforce that ALL monies held by ALL poker players, US and rest of world, are secure and ring-fenced.”

And while US money may be secure, it’s ring-fenced in the pockets of Everleaf Gaming sites. When asked about how players can expect to get their money back, the network offered these two very unhelpful suggestions:

1. Open a Moneybookers or NETeller account, then transfer funds to it.
2. Open a banking account outside the US.

Both of these suggestions are very unrealistic because A) Americans aren’t accepted at Moneybookers and NETeller, and B) traveling to set up a bank account outside of the US pretty much defeats the purpose of getting your money back in the first place.

Poker writer Haley Hintze, who was instrumental in reporting on the injustices of UB Poker over the years, is also active in discussing Everleaf’s lack of effort. She believes that the poker network is essentially letting US players pay for Everleaf’s failed risk. Furthermore, she thinks the Malta license jurisdiction bares some blame here after writing, “As for the LGA (Malta Lotteries and Gambling Authority), its minimal response to recent player complaints leaves little expectation it can proactively move Everleaf toward a prompt payment resolution.”

Long story short, if you’re a US player wondering about Everleaf Gaming payouts, you’re going to be waiting a long time!

Everleaf Gaming bans French and US Players

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Everleaf Gaming made big news yesterday after announcing that they were banning players from France, Malta and the United States. Now those from these countries who try to log onto an Everleaf Gaming site get a message that says:

Client is blocked.Dear Member, according to our Terms and Conditions we regret to inform you that we are no longer able to accept traffic from your country. Your account has therefore been locked until further notice.

The main reason why Everleaf has taken these actions is because the US Department of Homeland Security sent them a cease and desist order. In other words, if the poker network continues to accept Americans, they’ll be in for quite a legal fight. So Everleaf has updated their terms and conditions to include 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.

It’s unclear why the Everleaf Gaming network decided to pull out of France and Malta as well, but there’s a good chance that the Maltese Licensing Authority told them to pull out of these markets before any legal action happened.

Going back to the US market, Americans have increasingly fewer options for places where they can play poker. In less than a year’s time, they’ve lost the ability to play at PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, UB Poker, Absolute Poker and now Everleaf. Now their only real options include the Merge Gaming network, the Cake Poker network and Bovada.

Seeing as how the United States is attacking all of these offshore poker companies, it seems about time that they hurry up and give Americans some “legal” options for playing. Perhaps this is a sign that the federal government is closer to instituting their own online poker operation?