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Malta's Lotteries and Gaming Authority has issued an update regarding the Everleaf Poker Network's abrupt withdrawal from the U.S. market, noting that not all the complaints that were filed against Everleaf were from "genuine players".
The statement from the LGA claims that Everleaf has been accused of offering slow payments since the beginning of the year. After pointing out that a number of players have had their balances paid, the LGA claims that some of Everleaf's complaints came from "non-genuine players". These suspicious players were found to be what the LGA says were "affiliates disguising themselves as players."
The issue is sure to stir debate, as many affiliate sites are built by players who enjoy the games that operators offer. The question likely to be raised will be, "Can affiliates play at sites that they feature on their website?"
The statement by the LGA goes on to state: "Notwithstanding, the LGA was and still is systematically contacting all players with genuine complaints to process their cases."
More information was not revealed, as the regulator says that it would not be appropriate at this time.
Casino Listings readers will recall that reports of Everleaf's troubles popped up earlier in the year, when claims of players waiting up to six months to get their balances paid out began.