Among the minor but interesting developments this past week was the sudden discontinuance of the payTru debit-card service for PokerStars players. It was a bit of a surprise, since Stars played a leading role in bringing payTru into the poker world. It was also quite fondly thought of by those who used it --- this writer did not --- both for its speed of service and comparatively affordable service fees.
Anyhow, it's gone now, and it exited from Stars in a hurry. Here's the e-mail that was sent out to payTru cardholders.
We regret that the ability to use your payTru VisaDebit card at
will be coming to an end in the near future.
As of December 10, 2007 at 12:00pm EST, you will no longer be able to
request cashouts to your payTru VisaDebit account from PokerStars. All
cashouts requested before this time will be processed by December 13th.
As of December 14, 2007 at 12:00pm EST, you will no longer be able to
purchases with your payTru VisaDebit card at PokerStars.
You may still use your payTru VisaDebit card to do the following until
- load funds onto your payTru VisaDebit card
- use your payTru VisaDebit card to withdraw funds from ATMs
- make purchases using your payTru VisaDebit card anywhere Visa is
accepted (other than at PokerStars)
We thank you for participating in the payTru VisaDebit card program at
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