Reno, Nevada (PressExposure) February 12, 2012 -- The Everleaf Gaming Network announced that they will ban all US poker players from their network and skins effective immediately. They said this was for both new and existing players. This decision follows the Department of Homeland Security issuing a letter to cease and desist operations in the USA, under threat of legal enforcement against the network. A few weeks ago they saw a closure of a US processor and seizing of players funds. Players had been reporting cashout issues in recent weeks.
The network sought advice from its regulator, the Lottery and Gaming Authority of Malta (LGA), who recommended that, "due to the nature of the threat and the current climate," the network should withdraw its services from US customers. They declared the change in their new Terms and Conditions.
It is not known at this time how US players will be paid, how long the process will take, or when US players will be banned from the network. As of now, US poker players are continuing to play for real money at Everleaf Gaming Network tables. Proceedings will now begin with Homeland Security to ensure that funds are returned to players.
Players that logged into an Everleaf Gaming skin were forced to agree to a new set of terms and conditions before seeing the cashier or player admin area. The new section was #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."
Everleaf was one of the few networks providing real-money online poker to US players. The network did not grow as much from Black Friday as it's competitors. Traffic has increased approximately 15% and at peak times under 20% of their players were from the United States. Now that the US government has applied pressure to one of the offshore networks, time will tell if others like the Merge Gaming Network, Bovada, and the Cake Poker Network are to follow.