After being left out by the Lotteries and Gaming Authority of Malta, Lock Poker will now be licensed by the gaming authority.
Lock Poker was originally left out in the cold after its gaming platform Merge Gaming Network was awarded a category four LGA operating license. All other Merge Gaming Network sites were licensed by Malta with that operator license; all except for Lock Poker.
The reason behind the non-endorsement according to the LGA, is that the gaming regulator was not notified that an intermediary agreement was in place which included Lock Poker. Now that communication has been restored, it only appears to be a matter of time before Lock Poker is recognized by the LGA.
A statement released by the Malta LGA today read, "Lockpoker.eu is a website which has now been notified to the Authority as an intermediary of Alfard Malta Ltd (holder of a Maltese Remote Gaming Licence LGA/CL3/694/2010) which is to be operated on the Merge Gaming Malta platform (holder of Licence LGA/CL4/693/2010). Although duly licensed in Malta Alfard Gaming Ltd does not yet have the authorization to go live from Malta as currently Merge Malta Limited is in the process of finalising its technical setup in accordance with the Maltese Regulations, a process to be concluded shortly.
"The Authority, however, denies spins by certain sections of the media. This was a case of having failed to notify the Authority of an intermediary arrangement in a timely fashion. The Authority, ever vigilant in the public interest, took immediate action as it does in all similar cases, irrespective of the nature of the infringement."