A Minted Poker representative posted on TwoPlusTwo on Thursday, February 9th, that the Everleaf Gaming Network received a 'cease and desist order' from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; all residents of the United States are now prohibited from playing on the Everleaf Gaming Network.
The post states that if the Everleaf Poker Network - Minted Poker is one of the more than 100 skins on the network - continues to provide services to the US they will be facing legal action.
"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."
Residents of France are no longer allowed to play on the Everleaf Network also. Terms and Conditions were updated on the site on Thursday and read as follows: "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."
Very few networks have stood in the face of Black Friday and continued to offer real money online poker games to United States citizens. The US government continues to throttle the life out of freedom for its citizens. There are still those that offer online gaming in the United States including the Merge Gaming Network, Bovada, and the Cake Poker Network. With the US government's threatening approach to all online gaming sites, only time will tell if any of them are still willing to provide service to US players.
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