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    Default NETeller/eWallet News and Announcements

    All: We've already received announcements and responses from a variety of places regarding NETeller's decision to pull out of the U.S. market for gambling transactions. We're also in the process of tracking down what this means. As we receive information and announcements, we'll post them to this thread. And as always, please feel free to post away. Your comments and insights will help us gather even more information.
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    This note, sent to Absolute Poker affiliates, promotes the InstaDebit option for players as "Just like NETeller!!"



    NETeller quits
    <country-region w:st="on">US</country-region></place> market. Absolute Poker Will be bigger than ever!
    </p>




    NETeller has ceased allowing US Customers to use its services as of 8am EST 17<sup>th</sup> Jan 2007.
    Absolute Poker has been expecting this to happen for several months.
    We are happy to announce Absolute Poker has many alternative easy, safe and secure deposit and cashout methods so are confident our business and your business will be unaffected and will grow significantly over the coming months.


    SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU?

    WE CAN PAY YOU AS NORMAL!

    If you reside outside of the
    <country-region w:st="on">United States of America</country-region></place>, have a non US NETeller account we will be able to pay you as normal.
    </p> However - If you reside in The US you need to change your registration details so we can pay you either via your Player Account, Wire Transfer or Cheque. If you need any help getting any of these facilities opened please don’t hesitate to contact The Absolute Poker Affiliate Team.


    IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO YOUR PLAYERS

    Absolute Poker has been preparing for this scenario for several months and this means that we have a relatively small number of players that use NETeller versus our competition – we are 100% confident that the majority of these players will make an easy transition to one of the many safe, secure and similar banking methods we have already available.
    On top of this Absolute Poker is running a number of special promotions to help you get any current NETeller player to use one of the may other deposit or cashout methods available only at Absolute Poker. (Please refer to the site for the latest promos, reload bonuses and special guaranteed tournaments set up to encourage players to use any of the following processing methods:


    · Visa & Master Card – The Best!!
    · InstaDebit – Just like NETeller!!
    · ePassporte – Like NETeller!!
    · ATMonline - Easy to use!
    · Click2pay – Safe and Easy!
    · Central Coin – Easy!

    · <country-region w:st="on">
    UK </place></country-region>Debit Cards – Reliable!
    </p> · Moneybookers – Great!


    So get AP to the top of your list and let’s make some MONEY!!




    Go Get’em!!





    The Absolute Poker Affiliate Team

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    Default NETeller impact story

    As posted on Casino City Times ...

    NETeller exits U.S. Internet gambling market

    Last night, just two days after its founders were arrested and charged with money laundering, the popular e-wallet NETeller stopped allowing American players to use its services to transfer money to and from Internet gambling sites.

    NETeller founders Stephen Lawrence and John LeFebvre were charged with money laundering earlier this week. NETeller, a publicly traded company listed on the London stock exchange, processed more than $7 billion in financial transactions annually, according to the company's interim report for 2006.

    Seventy-five percent of the Isle of Man based company's revenue came from the United States.

    Citadel Commerce, an e-wallet operated by ESI Entertainment Systems Inc., joined NETeller on the U.S. sidelines Wednesday, announcing that it would no longer allow U.S. transactions to Internet gambling sites.

    "This decision was made by the ESI Board of Directors in the light of recent US Department of Justice enforcement actions against financial processors executives," a press release from the Vancouver based company reads.

    When the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act passed in October 2006, a wave of Internet gambling giants such as PartyGaming and Sportingbet voluntarily left the U.S. market. FirePay, a publicly traded third party payment processor similar to NETeller, decided to stop allowing Americans to make transactions with Internet gambling sites in the aftermath of the UIGEA, while NETeller adopted a wait-and-see attitude.

    "The (UIGEA) doesn't seem to have really impacted how much people gamble," said David G. Schwartz, the Director of UNLV's Center for Gaming Research. "It has hurt the companies that were publicly traded or the companies that have more exposure legally, but I don't know that it has really changed behaviors that much."

    Sites such as Poker Stars and Full Tilt Poker actually benefited from the UIGEA, seeing their player bases surge when PartyPoker left the market. But while many Internet gamblers were willing to switch to new platforms, it remains to be seen if they will be just as willing to switch to new third party payment providers. Most sites still operating in the U.S. are trying to limit any damage that might be caused by NETeller's exit.

    "NETeller's decision has no impact on our business here at Full Tilt Poker, and we remain committed to our U.S. players," the Full Tilt Web site read on Thursday morning. The site also highlighted other money management options still available to U.S. players.

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    Jackpot Factory Group press release:

    Jackpot Factory Group: Business as Usual

    January 18, 2007 – Kahnawake, Canada – Today, the Jackpot Factory Group was informed that NETeller and Citadel have all pulled out from the US market. While we regret their decision, the Jackpot Factory Group and its casinos are continuing with business as usual in the 39 US states.

    Since 1999, the Jackpot Factory Group has been providing fun and excitement for online gamblers around the world and we are committed to our reputation. US gamblers are still welcome at the Jackpot Factory and all of our casinos – All Slots Casino, All Jackpots Casino, First Web Casino, Wild Jack Casino, and The VIP Lounge Casino – offer a variety of payment methods, including Click2Pay, Instadebit, and a range of credit cards.

    As we have mentioned before, the Jackpot Factory Group, along with BrightShare, our exclusive affiliate program, will continue to closely monitor this situation. More importantly, though, US players will still be able to find safe and secure online gambling at any one of our casinos and affiliates will continue to receive the professional service that they have come to know.

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    Default Listing of U.S. financial options for major poker sites

    Here is a listing of financial processors still available to U.S. players for the major poker rooms. More details coming...


    Poker Stars

    ePassporte
    central coin
    Diners Club International Credit Card
    Cashier's Check from player's bank (must email them for details)

    Full Tilt Poker

    ePassporte
    Click2Pay

    Bodog

    Click2Pay
    NUcharge
    eWalleteXpress
    moneybookers
    traditional bank wire
    western union

    Ultimate Bet

    ePassporte
    Click2Pay
    Instadebit
    moneybookers
    western union

    Doyles Room

    ePassporte
    instaca$h
    electronic check
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    Default Message to players from Full Tilt Poker

    This is a message being sent via email to all full tilt players. Here is the link highlighted in the text below http://www.fulltiltpoker.com/neteller-withdrawal.php


    As you may be aware, NETeller has announced that it will no longer accept transfer requests from U.S. customers to online poker sites or allow withdrawals from online poker sites to your NETeller account, effective immediately.

    As a player who used NETeller or Instacash, we want you to know that any money you currently have on deposit with Full Tilt Poker remains completely safe and secure, and is available for play or withdrawal. If you are interested in withdrawing your money from Full Tilt Poker, please click here to find out how.

    Rest assured, we remain committed to providing you with access to all of our games and tournaments, and these developments will not change your day-to-day playing experience at our site. Furthermore, any monies that you deposit with us - through any of our approved payment processors - will remain completely safe, secure and accessible at any time.

    Sincerely, Full Tilt Poker


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    Default Message to players from Ultimate Bet

    Here is the message being sent to all Ultimate Bet Players.

    We hope you have been enjoying your gaming experience at UltimateBet!

    Due to some recent changes in the online poker industry, NETeller has decided to no longer offer instaCash to its customers within the United States. We noticed you have used NETeller instaCash in the past to fund your UltimateBet account, and we have a number of safe and secure methods available to you.
    We are pleased to recommend INSTADEBIT as an alternative payment method. It’s as easy as writing a check or using your debit card. INSTADEBIT is a safe, secure and easy way to transfer money from your bank account to your UltimateBet account. This easy-to-use payment system works the same way as NETELLER instaCASH. Simply create an account with INSTADEBIT, register your banking details on their secure system, logon to UltimateBet and move funds from your account to your UltimateBet account. It's that easy. All your banking information is 100% secure and completely protected with 128-bit encryption. To create an INSTADEBIT account, click here.
    Looking for other ways to fund your account? We also offer many other easy-to-use payment methods such as: ePassporte, ATMonline, Central Coin and Click2Pay. Get all the details in the Cashier section of our software!

    See you at the tables,
    The UltimateBet Team

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    Default Insta eChecks no longer accepted at Full Tilt Poker

    According to Casino City reporter Aaron Todd, Insta eChecks are no longer a viable option for U.S. players at Full Tilt Poker.

    An update will be posted at the www.nexumfinancial.com Web site soon.

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    Default Central Coin not in operation

    An announcement on the Central Coin home page ...

    We are sorry to inform you that the CentralCoin service is currently not operational. We will post further information on this website in due course (including information relating to withdrawing or using your funds). We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Whilst we are unable to provide the CentralCoin service, please contact your merchant for other deposit options.

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    I checked out PaySpark and EcoCard today and they still seem to be functioning for the US.

    ntaus

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    Default From Instadebit customer service ...

    "The legislation has no immediate effect on INSTADEBIT and we continue to provide our services to our customers as normal."
    Last edited by GPWA Ryan; 18 January 2007 at 4:39 pm.

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    Default NETeller replacement options for player

    Here is a story highlighting a survey I conducted of replacement processor players can use at the major online gaming brands.

    <H4>NETeller exit pushes players to other options

    January 18, 2007
    by Ryan McLane


    NETeller's sudden exit from the U.S. market has players searching for new ways to transfer money to and from their favorite online casinos.

    In a survey of 10 major online gaming sites, six e-wallet options appeared several times, making them the most likely choices to replace NETeller.

    CLICK2PAY, ePassporte, and INSTADEBIT already serve many American customers and are early favorites to fill the NETeller void, according to the survey.

    InstaCash, ewalleteXpress, and moneybookers also give solid and flexible deposit option for multiple gambling sites.

    CLICK2PAY is the most flexible option for gamers. Three major online poker rooms – Full Tilt Poker (FTP), Ultimate Bet (UB) and Bodog - and three major online casinos - Roxy Palace Casino, River Belle Online Casino and VIP.com Casino - allow CLICK2PAY transactions.

    ewalleteXpress began offering a 10 % deposit bonus Thursday for new customers. But among the sites we surveyed, only Bodog and Full Contact Poker (FCP) accept their services.

    FTP and UB were the first online poker rooms to send messages to their customers recommending certain processors.

    FTP highly recommends ePassporte and CLICK2PAY while UB is putting most if its muscle behind INSTADEBIT, according to a mass emails sent late Tuesday night.

    Both sites have had relationships with all three alternative processors for more than three years.

    ePassporte was the survey's most flexible e-wallet for poker. It is accepted by PokerStars, FTP, UB and Doyle's Room.


    InstaCash and CLICK2PAY are next on the survey, servicing three of the six major poker sites. Rounding out the major poker sites processors with two options each are INSTADEBIT, moneybookers, and ewalleteXpress. See survey results below for more details .
    The most flexible processors still accepting U.S. money are CLICK2PAY and INSTADEBIT in terms of top-ranked online Casinos listed at www.casinocity.com.

    INSTADEBIT offers options at three online casinos – Roxy Palace, VIP.com, the popular All Jackpots Casino.

    Survey Results

    By e-wallet –

    CLICK2PAY.com – 50 % (of sites surveyed):
    FTP, Bodog, UB, Roxy Palace, River Belle, VIP.com
    INSTADEBIT – 50 %:
    UB, FCP, Roxy Palace, All Jackpots, VIP.com
    ePassporte.com – 40 %:
    FTP, UB, Doyle's Room, Poker Stars
    moneybookers.com – 40 %:
    Bodog, UB, VIP, All jackpots
    InstaCash – 30 %:
    Doyle's Room, FCP, poker stars
    ewalleteXpress.com – 20 %:
    Bodog, FCP

    By Web site -

    Poker Stars – ePassporte, InstaCash
    Full Tilt Poker - CLICK2PAY, ePassporte
    Ultimate Bet - CLICK2PAY, ePassporte, INSTADEBIT, moneybookers.com
    Bodog - CLICK2PAY, moneybookers.com, ewalleteXpress.com
    Doyle's Room – ePassporte, InstaCash
    Full Contact Poker – INSTADEBIT , InstaCash, ewalleteXpress.com
    Roxy Palace Casino - CLICK2PAY, INSTADEBIT
    All Jackpots Casino – INSTADEBIT, moneybookers.com
    River Belle Casino - CLICK2PAY
    VIP.com Casino - CLICK2PAY, INSTADEBIT, moneybookers.com
    </H4>

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    Default email from 888.com

    Not sure if anyone does business with them, but I got this.......

    Subject: 888.com Affiliate Program
    Date: 1/18/2007 4:24:25 PM Eastern Standard Time
    From: affiliates@888holdings.com
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    To: onestopgambling@aol.com
    CC:
    BCC:
    Sent on:


    Sent from the Internet (Details)

    Dear Lori,

    Following NETeller’s announcements regarding their US operations, we suggest that you change your preferred method of payment from NETeller, as indicated in your affiliate account with the 888.com, to another payment method.

    Please login onto our site, click on the “Commissions & Payments” tab, and change your payment method to either “Bank Draft” or “Wire Transfer”, and follow the instructions. Please note that wire transfer transactions carry a $25 processing fee.

    Please do not hesitate to contact us if any further information is needed.

    Thank you and best regards,

    ______________________
    Affiliate Support Team
    888.com Affiliate Program
    mailto:affiliates@888.com

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    An earlier post indicated Moneybookers was an alternative to NETeller for U.S. players. But Moneybookers marketing manager just e-mailed me and said the company has never taken or accepted U.S. money for gambling transactions.


    ... Moneybookers has never supported or accepted US players for deposits and pay outs to and from gaming operators. Therefore, Moneybookers is no alternative for US players at all, and has never been.

    If online gambling companies accept and present Moneybookers as a payment method, then it just means that certain non US-based players can use our payment solution.

    In the US, customers can register at Moneybookers, but only use our service for E-Commerce or p2p-transactions. Transactions to and from gambling companies are not accepted.


    Thanks in advance,
    Thorsten Sandhaus

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    Default PaySpark = out of U.S.

    Dear Aaron,

    Please be advised that we no longer accepting any applications or registrations via our website.

    We also regret to inform that we do not open any accounts for USA based clients.

    Kind Regards
    Jody Snyders
    Online Relationship Consultant
    The CSC24Seven Team

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