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Tips Metroplay / 666BET license suspended

Discussion in 'Online Casinos' started by lord flashheart, Mar 21, 2015.

    Mar 21, 2015
  1. lord flashheart

    lord flashheart Experienced Member

    Occupation:
    Lab technician
    Location:
    UK
    Metroplay also operating as 666BET has license suspended by UKGC. (article copied from UKGC website):


    Interim suspension of operating licence - Metro Play Limited trading as You must register/login in order to see the link. and You must register/login in order to see the link.

    Posted on 20 March 2015
    The Gambling Commission has commenced a review under section 116 of the Gambling Act 2005 (the Act) and, under section 118 of the Act, has decided to suspend Operating Licence No 000-039112-R-319435-001 (Metro Play Limited) while that review takes place.*
    The Commission has decided to commence a review because it suspects that Metro Play Limited (the Licensee) is unsuitable to carry on the licensed activities (section 120(1)(d) of the Act) and considers it appropriate to suspend the licence with immediate effect pending the conclusion of the review.*
    In accordance with section 118(4)(c) of the Act the Licensee is authorised to settle any outstanding winning bets that it has accepted in reliance on the above operating licence and return any outstanding balances to customers.
    The suspension is an interim measure, the need for which will be kept under consideration whilst the review takes place
     
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  2. Mar 21, 2015
  3. Valhalla

    Valhalla The Professional MM

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    I have (had! :eek2:) an account @ 666bet. Thanks for the heads-up.
     
  4. Mar 21, 2015
  5. lord flashheart

    lord flashheart Experienced Member

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    I think they got hammered over Cheltenham as they had some very generous offers on the go. Unfortunately I got sucked in but only because there was no complaints lurking around since metroplay took them over from novibet. Luckily my balance is less than £100, but the UKGC state balances and winning wagers etc. Will be honoured - obviously I'll wait until I see it.

    Did get suspicious when I was asked to verify my account after it was already verified previously.
     
  6. Mar 21, 2015
  7. lord flashheart

    lord flashheart Experienced Member

    Occupation:
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    Location:
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    Both sites are down for "maintenance" pretty sure any funds can be waved goodbye too barring some kind of miracle.
     
  8. Mar 21, 2015
  9. chris87

    chris87 Senior Member

    Occupation:
    Run a bar
    Location:
    UK
    Goodness that's a bit of a shock! I've been using Metroplay for a few months and was going to take the 50% weekend bonus today as usual. I thought they were sound now, although I saw they'd had some problems in the past when I did my research on them on this site before i joined up. Never had a problem getting paid. I'm surprised because they're the same company that does the free morning paper across the UK (I think) and hence appear to be quite a big concern.

    The site is indeed "down for maintenance" apparently for "a few hours"

    Chris
     
  10. Mar 21, 2015
  11. lord flashheart

    lord flashheart Experienced Member

    Occupation:
    Lab technician
    Location:
    UK
    666BET bought metroplay from the media company which owns the metro papers last year (can't remember the media company name)

    According to one guy on twitter, the owner / CEO has been arrested for fraud and believes it 666bet / metroplay "closure" has something to do with this

    You must register/login in order to see the link.
     
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  12. Mar 21, 2015
  13. Captain Chaos

    Captain Chaos Senior Member webby

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    666bet have their ads fronted by Harry Redknapp don't they?

    He just can't get away from tax evasion cases, can he? Maybe he can give them some sound legal advice and claim it's the dogs money?
     
  14. Mar 21, 2015
  15. Deeplay

    Deeplay New World Order CAG mm1 webmeister

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    Well I suppose we will have to wait until the story unfolds to really understand what to make of this. But it does not bode well for players who may have funds locked in this casino. Will be interesting now how the UKGC handle this. And will give us an indicator as to how effective they are at protection for players / funds and such like. They must have very good reason for yanking the license at the moment.
     
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  16. Mar 21, 2015
  17. Simmo!

    Simmo! Moderator Staff Member

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    England
    "In accordance with section 118(4)(c) of the Act the Licensee is authorised to settle any outstanding winning bets that it has accepted in reliance on the above operating licence and return any outstanding balances to customers."

    Fingers crossed that happens.
     
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  18. Mar 21, 2015
  19. dunover

    dunover Unofficial T&C's Editor Staff Member CAG PABnononaccred PABnonaccred PABinit mm3 webmeister

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    Location:
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    Pretty similar to Purple Lounge's conditions under their Maltese license, and we all saw where the money went there...

    Will the UKGC be shown to have teeth or be another Paper Tiger......?
     
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  20. Mar 21, 2015
  21. SpinUk

    SpinUk Senior Member MM PABnonaccred

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    Good. I think its show its teeth by suspending the licence with immediate effect. The funds will be ring fenced in a suspense account and frozen, so everyone should get their money. Criminal charges will mean that all Metro's merchant providers wont touch them with a bargepole now.

    Dodgy casino operators your days are truly numbered. Had they had a maltese licence then this could be a very differant story for the British players with outstanding funds.
     
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  22. Mar 21, 2015
  23. Valhalla

    Valhalla The Professional MM

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    Now that I think about it... they phoned me just the other day offering me free bets. Just deposit, place a bet, and if I lose... I can have a free bet.

    That doesn't sound free to me :cool:
     
  24. Mar 21, 2015
  25. dunover

    dunover Unofficial T&C's Editor Staff Member CAG PABnononaccred PABnonaccred PABinit mm3 webmeister

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    International Money Launderer
    Location:
    the bus shelter, opposite GCHQ Benhall
    Of course that's assuming that the CEO facing criminal investigation has actually followed the licensing conditions and ring-fenced sufficient funds to pay players in the first place......

    The fact remains that unless funds are held in some kind of Escrow arrangement there's no guarantee the UKGC conditions will be met.

    I think this is the crux of the matter - should they settle ALL outstanding balances/bets then they would be good to go with their license again with new owners/executives and resume operations.

    I think the intent of the UKGC suspension is to measure their solvency and thus past adherence to the rules while under this cloud.
     
  26. Mar 21, 2015
  27. bigjohn

    bigjohn Meister Member MM PABnoaccred

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    Does the UKGC have the power to remove a casino from the UK cyber world?

    In other words, while suspended, will the casino still have a visible presence to British players or can the UKGC effectively close them down?
     
  28. Mar 21, 2015
  29. dunover

    dunover Unofficial T&C's Editor Staff Member CAG PABnononaccred PABnonaccred PABinit mm3 webmeister

    Occupation:
    International Money Launderer
    Location:
    the bus shelter, opposite GCHQ Benhall
    Yes, I believe the casino rejects UK IP's from registering or depositing if they have no UK license or if it's revoked but you can still see the webpage. They will be in breach of our laws otherwise.

    In this case the site hasn't exactly told the truth but:

    Metroplay / 666BET  license suspended: zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.GIF,Mar 21, 2015


    It doesn't advise on non-withdrawn balances held though....
     
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  30. Mar 21, 2015
  31. bigjohn

    bigjohn Meister Member MM PABnoaccred

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    To me, that will define if the new regulators really have teeth. If they can yank a formerly licensed casino that's a big deal.
     
  32. Mar 21, 2015
  33. dfubar

    dfubar Non-Gambler

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    UK
    This is totally true, in Malta they would have continued to operate in the vain hope that everyone would lose all their money back. I really hope the GC set an example to the world of how (online) gambling should be controlled. I'll be watching with interest.
     
  34. Mar 22, 2015
  35. lord flashheart

    lord flashheart Experienced Member

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    Well my balance, although small compared to some people are going to have, was conveniently reversed the day this happened! Received an email in the morning then discovered this! Twitter + email support appear to have disappeared as well. their twitter account was pretty responsive and not even getting the "your support ticket has been received" auto reply when emailing.

    Tempted to do a charge back as it would recover half the balance, although I know it would have complications down the line. I'll see what happens in the next few weeks before deciding on that though.
     
  36. Mar 22, 2015
  37. mrshyguy

    mrshyguy Experienced Member

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    london
    Have only played there a couple of times and managed a wdw as well, It was only because of the connection with the free newspaper that gets dished out on the underground that I gave it a go.......

    Was thinking of playing there again this evening until I saw this.......:(
     
  38. Mar 22, 2015
  39. lord flashheart

    lord flashheart Experienced Member

    Occupation:
    Lab technician
    Location:
    UK
    I used 666BET ages ago and stopped because of the payout issues when they were on the novibet platform. After they migrated and bought metroplay these complaints disappeared. Had some decent offers on Cheltenham, that combined with the lack of complaints tempted me back.

    Hopefully the BBC article I posted is related to this and they have been caught while still in possession of funds. At least some funds maybe recovered then. We shall see what happens
     

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