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Two days after an article in the Sunday Times called out gaming group 1xBet and several English Premier League clubs that have partnered with the shady brand, the site has closed its UK-facing operations amid allegations of illegal conduct.
The move comes after the report revealed that 1xBet's products in other markets included wagering on youth sports, cockfighting, and advertising on illegal file sharing sites. 1xBet may have crossed the line though with the allegation that they were offering a "pornhub" topless casino, which had half-naked dealers. The company also reportedly had nude cartoon characters on ads that linked back to the group's UK site.
1xBet has claimed that the rule breaches were due to third-party networks and partners and not directly the result of their actions. However the operator has previous form in this respect, having been busted advertising on pirated movie downloads, offering pirated streams of live sporting events, and running fake versions of well known games, all of which were their own actions as opposed to the "third party marketers" excuse being used this time.
The UK Gambling Commission has launched a probe into the group's activities, but in the meantime, the operator has shuttered their site while the investigation is ongoing. No comment from 1xBet was available as of press time.