It has come as shocking and abrupt news but it has become apparent that one of the largest Bitcoin poker sites Seals With Clubs has hung up its threads and announced its immediate closure.
A statement can be seen when attempting to navigate to the Seals With Club website. It reads the following :
On approximately February 11th, 2015, several events occurred related to operational security that we consider to indicate SealsWithClubs now operates in a perpetual state of jeopardy. We will not divulge details publically, but they may come to light if any team member chooses to come forward of their own volition at a later date.
One read of the statement may leave you in a state on confusion as the announcement is unexpectedly secretive. With no direct cause pointed out as the main reason behind the abrupt closure. With many user speculating that a change in government regulation may have lead to the closure of the site all remains a mystery till now. However with the site allowing users to withdraw it seems as if not all is lost on the sites behalf.
At the time of writing the details specified by the announcement with regards to the sudden closure of the site were limited however the site has put in services to allow users to withdraw funds store on the site. Near the bottom of the announcement was a small application which allowed users to add email address to their accounts which in turn would allow users to withdraw any funds which remained on the site. This may rule out a security breach as a cause for the shut down as user funds were not touched. “This event” was the only reference to the act which has caused the site to shut down. Whilst the announcement reveals little about the cause of the shutdown it does reveal how customers have not been affected.
All player funds and data remain intact and the issue was not software related. We do not believe any of our Bitcoin wallets used in operations to be compromised or lost. However, this event has made the majority vote of the ownership and team agree that shutting down operations is the best move for safety and security purposes.
The site is currently down but the chairman of Seals With Clubs plans to get the site back on the road as soon as possible with plans for a new site opening in the works. Whilst the Chairman, Bryan Micon has been faithful and successful in the running of Seals With Clubs, it seems as if the dream to carry on the gambling enterprise he started. With Micon and his team already attempting to start up operations unrelated to Seals With Clubs but the site which was the jewel in Micon’s crown will remain a priority for the entrepreneur.