Mansion Poker closes door on U.S. players

Mansion Poker is the latest site to turn away U.S. customers, restricting beleaguered American poker players as of Thursday.

Mansion Poker released this statement in the frequently asked questions section of its Web site:

"We regret to advise that we are not accepting deposit or gaming and wagering transactions from Members in the United States. However, U.S. members may continue to access their Mansion account for administrative functions."

The company hasn't released any additional information or offered an explanation for its refusal of U.S. customers.

Until last week, customer service personnel at the poker room reported that the site was still open to Americans. However, Mansion wasn't accepting deposits from U.S. customers at the time, stating that it was looking for a payment option that would allow American clients who wanted to make online gambling transactions.

The move comes after many poker rooms restricted U.S. players following the creation of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act last fall. The new law effectively banned online gambling in the country and dealt a serious blow to the industry.

Since then, some online gambling companies have unloaded their U.S. operations for token amounts. The fallout of the bill also hurt payment processing companies such a NETeller, whose founders are now facing criminal charges for money laundering and promoting online gambling.

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