Last week we reported that the UKGC has suspended the gaming license of online bookmaker Stakers. Today, Stakers responded by posting a snarky popup on their site for UK visitors, indicating that the gaming regulator is being overly harsh with their rules.
The popup features a Humpty Dumpty character and Pinnochio-inspired man, as well as a notice that reads (in a tabloid style): "The thrilling adventure of two wonderful gentlemen, Mr Boo and Mr Kie suddenly interrupted. Despite our efforts to to (sic) tighten compliance, even more was required from our community.
"Our dearest friends, we are temporary (sic) suspending our operation and with your support we will be back soon."
The group goes on to say that Mr Boo and Mr Kie are looking for Humpty Dumpty and Pinnochio, and that if they're spotted, they should be reported in the live chat. Without a doubt, the two characters are designed to hit out at the UK Gambling Commission and lawmakers, and there's also a link to a Change.org petition that wants to abolish the regulator.
As of Monday afternoon, the petition had only secured 46 signatures.
If Stakers is looking to get in the good graces of the UKGC, they sure aren't going about it in the smartest way. We'll follow this story and update readers as the suspension investigation continues.
Update: Stakers License Suspended by MGA