Sunday May 19,2013 :  IS AN AFFILIATE ISSUE AT THE ROOT OF NEW iPOKER K.Y.C. DEMANDS?
 
Speculation that illegal provision of US poker players could be the reason for latest network demands
 
Playtech's iPoker network has been making industry news pages recently with its player-to-player transfer bans and more recently a demand that operators conduct immediate KYC (Know Your Customer) checks on their players.
 
The latter initiative has triggered lively assertions and speculation on leading poker message boards like twoplustwo and pokeraffiliatelistings, where a consensus appears to be forming that affiliate PokerVIP may have prompted the network action by allegedly referring US players to the distinctly US-unfriendly iPoker network sites.
 
Proponents of the PokerVIP involvement theory point out that iPoker's recent communication demanding that KYC processes be carried out prior to May 20 appeared to be targeted on referrals from PokerVIP.
 
The fact that the alleged owner of PokerVIP, Jamie Nevin, has previously been accused of running a service which gave determined US gamblers access to US-unfriendly sites via Virtual Private Network and payment arrangments has only intensified the speculation that he is at the root of the present witch hunt…something which Nevin has steadfastly denied.
 
The dangers for Playtech, which has repeatedly stressed its intention to work through properly regulated national jurisdictions, and reportedly has ambitions in the evolving American online gambling sector, are clear.
 
The company has warned that if the current KYC initiative unearths any accounts accessing its iPoker facilities from illegal locations, it will take strong remedial action that will include an immediate block on such accounts.