Author: Graham Tower
Published: 17:37 13/05/2015
Beleaguered 666Bet has enabled customers to get their money back but they must have a Skrill account in order to withdraw the funds.
A number of customers of the online betting site 666Bet were left with no way to access their accounts when the Gambling Commission suspended the license of the site's owners Metro Play Ltd. The action, which came on the back of new gambling legislation in the UK last November, led to the closure of www.metroplay.com and www.666bet.com.
The websites have since been re-instated and 666Bet has made arrangements for customers with a Skrill account to have their balances refunded but they only have until 25 May 2015 after which time requests will not be processed. Withdrawal requests are being processed manually, taking three to five days to process.
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What The Gambling Commission Says About 666Bet
The Gambling Commission is the regulator of gambling in the UK and has been involved since Metro Play ran into difficulties following legislation requiring overseas based operators to obtain a Gambling Commission licence to continue providing a service to UK residents.
In a statement the regulator said: "666Bet.com and Metroplay.com are operated by Metro Play Limited, which is a company incorporated in Alderney. When the change in law requiring overseas based operators to obtain a Gambling Commission licence came into effect, in November 2014, they continued trading with British customers on the basis of a continuation licence. Metro Play Limited already held a licence from the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC). As a result, the Commission was required to issue a continuation licence, while we considered the application for a full operating licence.
"Before we were able to complete the process of assessing the application for a full operating licence, we were forced to suspend Metro Play Limited's continuation licence. The suspension followed the arrest of one of their key directors and the suspension of Metro Play Limited's AGCC licence. We made it clear in the suspension notice that the suspension of the continuation licence did not prevent the repayment of customers' balances."