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Bank requested a phone interview...

My bank closed my checking account...

Yesterday I got a letter from my bank saying that they are closing my checking account. The letter didn't say why, it just said, "In closing your account, (the bank) is exercising its right under the deposit account agreement between us." I assume this has something to do with poker and the UIGEA. Somehow, most of the people at my bank seemed to know me and know that I play poker. A couple months ago I went to a branch that I rarely go to, and I approached a teller whom I don't think I've seen before, and the first thing she said to me was, "Oh, you are that girl who plays poker." So I am not sure if I was singled out because they knew of my connection to online poker, or if they simply screened all their accounts for people who've made withdrawals and deposits to online sites. Has this happened to anyone else?

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Always bad news... lose the bank name from your OP though...

My parents just got the letter about online transactions from their bank... I have the same bank and I haven't gotten it... weird being that they've never made any of those transactions and my dad played like 5 hands of poker for me while i pooped once, and that's the extent of his online gamble...

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I won a live tourney a few years ago and received a check from the casino so that I wouldn't have to fly home with all that cash. When I deposited the check, the teller looked at me suspiciously and asked what it was from, so I told her that I won a poker tourney. That is the only time I have ever mentioned poker at all. Since that time, I have gone in frequently to cash checks from online, but they never asked what it was from and I never told them anything about it. Which is why it is so weird that a random teller knew that I played poker. I think that most likely my bank flagged all accounts that have made transactions with the third party payment processors for online poker, which is why I'd like to know if this has happened to other people.

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FYI -- Sick brag on having to buy a duffle bag (or 2) if you wanted to bring home how much you won. You sicko, lol.

I went with the cash....I think the teller was MORE suspicious than if I had brought a check. The next time I had a 10K+ check, right in the account, no questions at all. With the cash, I was getting the "he's a drug dealer" look.

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Haha, I specifically left out the amount won so that it wouldn't sound like I was trying to brag about it, because I certainly was not. After all, winning a 1k donkament at Caesar's Indiana isn't exactly a huge poker accomplishment ;-)

And yes, I think bringing in a bunch of cash to deposit would look more suspicious than a check.

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ya would definitely like to know which banks are being sketchy about it. i have not gotten any letters mentioning any problems cooming.

somebody shoot me a PM

i have had online poker transactions (checks, wires, EFTs) with two major banks in the last year and have never received any letters or phone calls.

these threads always freak me out. im always a little anxious when i go to check the mail.

i guess its gonna be a game of cat and mouse between the sites, the players receiving the checks, and the banks until we can get legislation passed to repeal the UIGEA.

lets make sure we're following TheEngineers advice and sending out his letters to our state reps and such. this seems to be the only proactive step we can take right now.

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its silly the name is removed - this isn't an allegation to what happened, this is exactly what happened so why remove the name? the only argument i could see is P5s is trying to protect their ass from the bank going after them.

Basically the poker sites have requested that players keep bank names and payment processor names to themselves. It makes sense because the more information we give out, the more information they have on us. We don't want to draw more attention to ourselves in a situation like this. I understand people want to know which bank it is in case they use that bank, but it's best that we keep our lips sealed and don't give our edge in the situation. We don't want payment processors shutting down on us and we don't want to give out extra information to people who are trying to stop us from making a living playing poker.

Anything we post on the internet has been getting used against us by our "opponents." If I told everyone... "Goto this bank! I've never once had a problem cashing out or anything!" Then 1) everyone would use that bank but most importantly 2) The opposition would also be able to see that and attack that bank and try to get them to stop processing poker payments.

Hopefully all that makes sense and if you have any questions contact a MOD or myself.

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The banks will never be able to whack a mole all the checks, what matters is will the sites stay in America and ride out the storm.

hahahaha @ whack-a-moling the checks. Great analogy. If someone could photoshop this pic with the manager as the bank whack-a-moling the poker sites that would be sweet.

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