Royal Panda Pulling Out of UK

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Betting group LeoVegas announced this week that they're withdrawing their Royal Panda brand from the UK gaming market due to regulatory pressure.

The site will be pulled out of the market effective January 31st, with British punters now restricted from being able to register new accounts. Current customers will be restricted from making deposits or placing sports wagers on January 20th. All operations will cease on January 31st at 9am local time. Players with bets that will take place after that date will be contacted by the casino to discuss the situation.

Royal Panda is requesting that players withdraw funds as quickly as they can, as accounts will not be able to be accessed after January 31st. Player funds will be safe though, and players with a positive balance will have funds returned to their accounts using the method that was used to deposit in the account. If player funds aren't withdrawn by January 31st, 2021, they'll be donated to GambleAware.

LeoVegas has been struggling with all of the regulatory changes in the UK, as more stringent rules along with a large amount of competition has made it more difficult to haul in customers. The company maintains that the market is still profitable, albeit not enough to justify keeping the Royal Panda brand in operation.

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12 January 2020 - 10:19pm

I used to play at Royal Panda but I was never a major fan. Their bonuses seemed to have strange terms and conditions and therefore I stopped playing there. So I personally don't think people will be missing out on much.

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14 January 2020 - 6:53pm

We're hearing a lot of this lately...the operators have been struggling to match the new criteria by UKGC and just leaving the market...wonder how all that will going to reflect the market there..certainly not raising the level of competition between the brands which usually has a negative effect over the players eventually.