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Ryan McLane

Ryan  McLane
Ryan McLane was a poker reporter for Casino City. Although he has a strong background in reporting, the same can't be said for his poker skills. He has never won a major tournament nor is he a professional player. Currently, Ryan lives in Boston and occasionally makes international treks to cover tournament poker and news.

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More articles by Ryan McLane cancels virtual visa option

27 Feb 2007

By Ryan McLane

Online gamblers will no longer be able to buy virtual gift cards at to fund their accounts.

Sometime this weekend, officials removed the virtual gift card choice from their purchasing menu and are now offering only "hard cards," corporate gift cards, and an ATM card option.

A spokesperson refused to say if the move was related to online gambling.

"There is no comment on any of this," spokesperson Jason Wolfe said. "We took the service down because we are revamping our fraud system."

Casino City reported last week that you could buy a virtual gift cards and use it to deposit into a casino within two hours. That made it a great option for U.S. based online gamblers looking to find another deposit method in the post-NETeller era.

And it worked quickly enough that it came close to mimicking the Instacash option once available with NETeller.

Players can still fund their accounts using processors like, but the options are not instant and can take as long as two weeks to process.

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