Merge Gaming Blocks 4 States From Signing up NEW Players

Written by Thomas | Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Since the stunning development of the “Blue Monday,” which saw yet another indictment unsealed against 10 popular gambling websites regarding banking and Wire Act violations, and surprise announcement was made from Merge Gaming, the company powering such popular poker sites as Carbon Poker and Lock Poker.

Carbon Poker’s main affiliate rep, Atil Singh, made a post on that consequently revealed that “the following states will be blocked from signing up for real money play on the network: Maryland, Missouri, Louisiana, New York and Washington D.C..”  He went on to say that “existing players from these states will not be affected,” and should it will be business as usual for customers already playing for real money on their site.

The announcement has also been made public on other popular poker media sites and forum boards as well, with many players expressing clear concerns about the safety of their bankrolls on sites like Carbon Poker and other Merge-powered skins.  For the time being it looks as if bigger flagship sites like Carbon Poker aren’t going anywhere for the foreseeable future, and the website itself is doing everything in its power to stay out of the US government’s crosshairs.

The move to stop new real money players in these 5 locations is obviously a step in the right direction, and since UseMyWallet and Click2Pay have been temporarily disabled to USA customers, Carbon is really only accepting legal deposits from Western Union, making it completely safe to still deposit on their client.

It’s important to note that cashouts have been processed, albeit with much longer cashout times than before with the shutdown of the eWallets mentioned above.  Checks have been sent out to hundreds of thousands of players that have requested them, however, they are taking anywhere from 3 to 6 weeks to get there via FedEx.

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