Internet betting group Metroplay Limited has had its UK gaming license pulled this week, shutting down operations of betting site 666Bet as well as its Metro Play Casino.
The suspension comes months after Metro Play bought 666Bet from DMG Media and who then shifted the software to EveryMatrix. The site has grown a big name for itself after securing many UK sponsorships last year.
The UK Gambling Commission made the announcement in a statement, which read:
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.
As of press time 666Bet and Metro Play were both down, and had not been restored as of March 25th.
After it was announced that Metro Play had its licensed pulled, Leyton Orient FC announced that they had terminated their sponsorship deal with 666Bet, who was featured prominently on the club's shirts.
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