Roughly six months after it initially opened its doors, online betting site 666Bet has closed its doors, calling the closure "....a scheduled upgrade to our platform", but it appears there may be more to the story than the operator is letting on.
Players have been complaining about slow payments for months, with the site using various tactics to delay getting money to their players. At the time those complaints appeared to be just casual gripes, but now it appears that the site is in serious financial trouble, with the casino's betting platform Novigroup freeing itself of any association with the site.
666Bet launched with some major fanfare earlier this year, as the group's CEO Barry Martin said that the site would spend £8 million on marketing to bolster their brand.
An email exchange between Novigroup and 666Bet, which went like this:
Novigroup: "We would like to inform you that as of 18.12.2014 Novigroup Ltd will no longer provide its betting and gaming services to 666bet customers.
"The website will remain open solely for the purpose of allowing all customers to withdraw their remaining account balance. We wish to reassure you that all customers’ funds will be paid promptly and in full.
"Please visit http://www.novigroupltd.com/666bet in order to withdraw your remaining account balance."
666Bet then followed up, saying: "You may have just received an email from firstname.lastname@example.org, please disregard this communication. As of 17:00 hours on 18/12/2014, Novigroup Ltd no longer provide their services to 666BET.
"Please do not worry, your account balances will remain intact and there is no need to withdraw any of your funds. All customer accounts will be carried over to our new platform.
"Due to the migration to our new and improved website, our site will be down until tomorrow. During this period you will be unable to log-in or make any transactions. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause."
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