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Online Poker Transfers No Longer Available Through ePassporte

The sudden decision by ePassporte reeks of threats and arm-twisting by U.S. law enforcement officials.

Since the ill-advised passage of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act, the passage of monies from online casinos to their customers and vice versa has been problematic. One solution was the use of ePassporte as a third-party broker to transfer funds back and forth.

Apparently those days are over. Evidence indicates ePassporte has bowed to pressure from the U.S. government, and will no longer transfer money when the transaction is suspected of involving online gambling or casinos.

A letter circulating around the internet from ePassporte to Pitbull Poker gives an idea of what has transpired. In that message, ePassporte Gregory Elias informs Pitbull that their account has been sumarily suspended and their agreement with ePassporte terminated.

Elias states that although they do not believe the transactions they process are of an illegal nature, they will not take a chance that the U.S. government might disagree. He further mentions an ongoing U.S. District Attorney's investigation currently taking place out of a New York office.

The sudden decision by ePassporte reeks of threats and arm-twisting by U.S. law enforcement officials. This behavior by government parties is both inappropriate and untimely, considering the testimony recently by individuals from both the banking sector and the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department regarding the lack of definition in the UIGEA, and the near impossibility of effective enforcement.

Further, any law enforcement officers looking to crack down on ePassporte must surely be aware of the movement in Congress, led by Barney Frank, Ron Paul, and Jim McDermott, to supersede and basically throw out the UIGEA.

It is a shame that ePassporte caved to the pressure; it is also a shame some overeager members of the government seem inclined to rabidly pursue a law deemed confusing and undefined, and one likely to soon be removed from the books altogether.

Published on April 15, 2008 by JoshuaMcCarthy

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