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DOJ Allegedly Planning Action Against Merge Network

Law, 2011-09-08, by Ozone

Subject: Poker, a donation-based poker news outlet, is reporting today that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) could be planning action against the Merge Network.

The network, home to sites like Lock Poker and Carbon Poker, has seen its global player base increase by around two-thirds following the DOJ's Black Friday indictments against PokerStars, Full Tilt, and AP/UB. Their boost came as a result of continuing to accept U.S. players, although they have prohibited any further sign-ups by U.S. players since May 24th due to payment processing issues.

Subject: Poker has been told of planned DOJ actions against the Merge Network. According to their sources, the US Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland plans to seize the assets of payment processors who have been working with the Merge Network. The seizures were reportedly planned for mid- to late-September. The timetable of the seizures, or if they will even happen at all, may now be in question due to the DOJ's plans being made public.

U.S. players have reported that Merge Network cashouts currently take over a month to be processed. This leaves little hope for players wanting to get their money off the site if there indeed will be DOJ action against payment processors in the coming weeks.

The editors of PokerTips maintain the stance we have had since Black Friday that no online poker rooms are safe right now for players logging on from the United States.

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