This will testify to how long my initial deposit to play on Merge network’s Lock poker site lasted: I don’t even remember how I put the money in. But it was reload time, and per Lock’s advice, I went to Moneygram to put a measly $100 into my account. After answering enough questions to buy a house, I requested the funds. Within seconds, I got the “call us” email. The lady asked me what the money was for? I said for a friend in Nicaragua. “What will this friend do with the money,” the nosy lady wanted to know. “Buy something for me.” I coyly answered. “Do you know this person,” she relentlessly continued? “No”, I sheepishly admitted. She cuts to the chase: Is this for gambling? “Maybe”, I concede in my “I fold” mindset. Now, in her “let me get this straight” voice she says, “So you’re sending someone you don’t know money to do something that’s not allowed in the U.S., is that right (you moron)?
These companies are so good at sniffing out shit in nanoseconds. Why don’t they run the TSA or Homeland Security? Blockbuster called me in Europe once (pre Netflix), to find out where their DVD was. I’m betting companies in the business of making sure no one does anything other people don’t think is good for them don’t have the budget of the government, but they can sure smell a bluff in a heartbeat. That ought to be a skill transferable to something more useful than making sure I don’t play an online poker game.