Did ePassporte leave net gambling game?

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U.S. online gambling customers may have lost another payment option to fund their accounts, as it seems ePassporte may have stopped dealing with online poker and casino companies.

On Friday, Cake Poker customers received an e-mail message from the poker site saying that ePassporte is unable to continue to provide the poker site with merchant e-wallet services.

Since then posts have been made in online poker forums confirming that customers at Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars are also unable to use ePassporte to make deposits or withdrawals.

In the 2+2 Forum, someone posted an e-mail he had received from Full Tilt Poker announcing the change as well. It said:

"You received this email because you have made a deposit using ePassporte. We have recently been notified by ePassporte that they are no longer able to facilitate deposits or withdrawals between ePassporte and Full Tilt Poker player accounts. We apologize for this inconvenience which is unfortunately outside of our control."

There's still no official word from ePassporte stating it is getting out of the online gambling business. But there are already other e-wallet services willing to step in and take its spot.

PokerEcheck.com has already announced that PokerStars and Full Tilt Poker are testing them as a payment option for online players in the United States.

"Poker Echecks are as fast as credit card deposits and the funds are immediately available for play," says the company in a press release. "In some cases they can even be used to cash out."

Full Tilt Poker is also working with Instant eChecks as a deposit and withdrawal method for online poker players. The service, operated by Nexum Financial, allows users to instantly transfer funds from their personal accounts to online poker sites without having to establish an online e-wallet.

If ePassporte does leave the online gambling market for U.S. customers it will join NETeller, EcoCard, Citadel and FirePay.

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